Michael Edwards is the publications editor in the Office of University Communications & Marketing.
A native of San Antonio, Michael joined UTSA in 2014 after working 24 years in publishing in Los Angeles, where his award-winning work, including nods from the Western Publications Association and the American Business Press, encompassed consumer and B2B magazines as well as book publishing.
Most recently, he oversaw teams on both the West and East Coasts working on more than a dozen websites and print publications with circulation of more than 8.2 million annually and their multimillion-dollar editorial budgets, among them the venerable niche titles Out and The Advocate.
A graduate of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University, Edwards was recognized among the top 1% of collegiate editors nationally during his senior year by the American Society of Magazine Editors in conjunction with the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. While at university, in addition to being editor in chief for two of the three years worked on the student magazine, he also held numerous editorial roles on the student newspaper and yearbook.
Edwards has expertise in content creation and packaging, establishing professional editorial standards, integrated marketing campaigns and the launch/relaunch of publications. But, he says, he has some of his happiest moments when he is hands-on editing; in fact, he loves the serial comma and will stand up for it.
At UTSA he leads the team that creates the award-winning Sombrilla Magazine, which is the university's flagship publication, and UTSA Giving; he also consults on other university publications.
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Michelle Mondo is a senior editor and a writer for two award-winning university publications, Sombrilla Magazine and Giving.
Mondo came to the university in 2014 after a decade at the San Antonio Express-News, where she worked as an editorial assistant and a reporter for the weekly communities section, then a police and crime beat reporter in the metro section. As a criminal justice reporter, she covered local crimes and state and national criminal justice issues, including capital punishment. In 2010 the Feminist Majority Foundation cited one of her stories during congressional testimony to emphasize the need to update the federal definition of rape, which had not changed since the 1930s.
She spent more than a year investigating the innocence claims of four San Antonio women convicted of sexual assault in the 1990s. The subsequent story, published in 2010, was nominated for a Pulitzer. Mondo was on hand last year when the women were released as part of a deal between the district attorney's office and defense attorneys.
Mondo graduated in 1999 from the University of Dayton in Ohio. Following college, she lived in Scotland, traveled through Europe, then headed down under for a stint in Australia. While there, she volunteered for the East Timor Free Press Association and covered the small nation's first free elections.