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    Award-winning journalist Elizabeth McIntyre is 2019 commencement speaker

    April 15, 2019

    Award-winning journalist Elizabeth McIntyre will be the 2019 Commencement speaker for Ursuline College on May 17. The College will confer bachelor’s, master’s and doctor of nursing practice degrees on more than 320 students in a private ceremony at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center.

    “I’m humbled to have been asked to deliver the commencement address at Ursuline College, especially for an institution that is so deeply rooted in our community. I look forward to not only speaking to Ursuline’s graduates, but also watching them become the leaders who will shape our region’s future,” McIntyre said.

    Ursuline College President Sister Christine De Vinne, OSU, PhD, said she was delighted that McIntyre accepted the invitation to speak to the graduating class. “Elizabeth embodies the Ursuline mission in her civic engagement, professional achievements and leadership with integrity.”

    Currently publisher and editor of Crain’s Cleveland Business, McIntyre spent 20 years at The Plain Dealer, starting as a copy editor in 1990. Over the following two decades, she took on added responsibilities, serving as graphics and design editor, assistant managing editor and deputy managing editor. She left The Plain Dealer in 2010 and joined the Cleveland Foundation as a public relations officer. She was named editor of Crain’s in 2014 and took on the dual role of publisher and editor in 2016.

    In 2016, she and her journalist husband, Mike McIntyre, were both inducted into the Press Club of Cleveland Hall of Fame. She was named best business columnist in Ohio in 2017 and 2018 by the Press Club of Cleveland.

    A graduate of Bowling Green State University, McIntyre started her career as a copy editor at The Morning Journal in Lorain. The Youngstown native was born Elizabeth Kimes, the youngest of six children. She said she knew she wanted to be a journalist when she began her Vindicator paper route in elementary school.