Commencement Ceremony 2016
We are excited to announce VIU’s commencement ceremony was held on May 7, 2016 at 2:00 PM at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Building. Our commencement speaker was John Hughes from Bloomberg News. Below is a brief bio about Mr. Hughes:
John Hughes is a 28-year journalist and 2015 National Press Club president. Since 2011 Hughes has been an editor for Bloomberg First Word, which is Bloomberg News’s breaking news desk in Washington. Bloomberg News produces 5,000 stories each day from more than 150 bureaus in 73 countries. The National Press Club, the world’s leading professional organization for journalists, has 3,100 members from every major news organization.
Before joining Bloomberg’s breaking news desk in 2011, Hughes was Bloomberg’s aviation and transportation reporter for more than a decade. He covered the Sept. 11 terror attacks, airline and auto bankruptcies, and aviation accidents including the Miracle on the Hudson in New York City.
A native of Maplewood, Minnesota, Hughes received a BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and a maste’rs degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois. He worked at the St. Cloud (MN) Times, Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin, and Small Newspaper Group Washington bureau. In 1996 he joined The Associated Press, first in Detroit where his assignments included coverage of the auto industry, and then in Washington, DC. He joined Bloomberg in 2000.
Hughes is also the co-founder and chairman of Friends of the Soldiers Home, a non-profit organization that since 2011 has served residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC. Hughes lives in Washington with his wife, Ellen, and children, Isabelle, 17, and Teddy, 15.