1974 ND bachelor’s degree
Kerry Temple joined the staff of Notre Dame Magazine in 1981 and has been the editor since 1995. He has written dozens of articles and essays for this magazine and others on a wide range of topics and is the author of Back to Earth: A Backpacker’s Journey into Self and Soul. After graduating from Notre Dame in 1974, he returned to his home state to earn a master’s in journalism from Louisiana State University, and has taught nonfiction writing at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College. Even though he’s been here a long time, he still feels like he did as an English major living in Farley Hall.
1991 ND master’s degree
Before arriving at Notre Dame Magazine in 1987, Carol Schaal’s background was in newspapers — as, at various times, a feature writer, reporter and copy editor. She also has taught many classes and continuing education seminars at Indiana University South Bend, from journalism to grammar to the history of mystery novels. She is managing editor of the magazine and holds a bachelor’s degree in English and sociology from Indiana University and a 1991 master’s degree in English from Notre Dame. A frequent public speaker, she has been known to make audiences laugh, supposedly on purpose.
2000 ND master’s degree
John Nagy snuck on to the staff in 2006, having fled campus seven years earlier after spending what seemed like an eternity locked inside his cinderblock grad-student study carrel. He landed in Washington, D.C., getting his start in online journalism when respectable people didn’t do such things. Mostly unpretentious, he holds degrees in English literature and history from the Universities of Virginia and Notre Dame, and he’d love to write that book someday but figures he’ll have to wait until either he grows up or his large but indefinite number of children do.
1995 ND bachelor’s degree
Jason Kelly joined Notre Dame Magazine as an associate editor in 2015, having been away from the University long enough for his performance as an English student to be forgotten. In his first weeks on the job, he was sent to rural Montana on assignment twice, but returned both times. In his spare time, he enjoys writing autobiographical blurbs in the third-person.
Design and Art Director
Kerry holds a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she studied graphic design. She then spent seven years as a designer working for not-for-profit clients. In 1996 she moved to the South Bend area, where she worked as an art director for RHB, specializing in marketing for education and other related not-for-profits. She joined the staff of Notre Dame Magazine in August 2010 and calls it her dream job. When not in the office, she usually can be found with her daughter at the stables, where they share a passion for horses and other animals. She still hopes to have “fancy chickens” if her husband ever agrees.
After 15 years in New York publishing with Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., Julie Ettl found herself on a sailboat on Lake Michigan and is now a landlubber with a sailboat neon sign and has successfully navigated 20 years at Notre Dame Magazine. As business manager, she takes on the general mechanics of the magazine’s operation, from monitoring the budget to fundraising, from proofreading to serving as liaison with printers, from poster sales to rights and permissions to overseeing distribution and other circulation tasks. She still describes herself as a classic New York woman who loves the classics: Anna Karenina, Bach’s Brandenburg concertos, Mom’s strand of pearls, a good Chardonnay and, of course, Cary Grant.
2007 ND bachelor’s degree
Kevin Brennan joined Notre Dame Magazine in 2014. After studying history and Notre Dame football as an undergraduate, he earned a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Kevin then spent three years covering political campaigns for National Journal in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Jen née Jorn ’07, are thrilled to be back in South Bend. True to his Long Island roots, Kevin enjoys Chinese food, public transportation and the New York Knickerbockers.
1994 ND bachelor’s degree
Matt Cashore first picked up a camera to fulfill a high school fine-arts requirement, and he’s never been the same since. He first darkened the door of Notre Dame Magazine while still a student. Working with the magazine has allowed him to see campus from the steam tunnels underground to hanging out of a helicopter 300 feet over the Golden Dome. Some of his favorite magazine assignments have taken him on adventures to see the Notre Dame community at work in the wider world. He worked with Kerry Temple in 2007 on the book Celebrating Notre Dame.
Barbara Johnston is a former photographer for The Philadelphia Inquirer who joined the University of Notre Dame in 2011. The veteran photojournalist’s work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, ESPN Magazine and The Los Angeles Times. She has been assigned to national and international assignments, including 2006 Winter Olympics, Kentucky Derby and two World Series. She has no fear of heights and has found herself perched on cranes here on campus and on scaffold atop skyscrapers in downtown Philadelphia.