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Muskingum College Opens 2003-2004 School Year With Convocation Address by The Wall Street Journal's Nik Deogun '91

AUGUST 27, 2003 - Muskingum College opened the 2003-2004 academic year on August 26 with its Opening Convocation, held on the campus. The featured address was given by 1991 Muskingum alumnus Nikhil Deogun who is the media and marketing editor for The Wall Street Journal in New York.

Introducing Deogun, Muskingum College President Anne C. Steele said, "Nik Deogun has used his many skills to serve our nation as well as his profession. We are privileged to call him a part of the Long Magenta Line."

Deogun's address to the Class of 2007 and assembled faculty and staff reflected on the importance of his Muskingum College experience on his life and a career.

He said, "I simply would not have achieved what I have so far--my career, my marriage, my family--without the experience and teaching I received from Muskingum. You, as students, will find, as I did, that the faculty and staff here will become the midwives for your aspirations."

Deogun oversees a group of reporters and editors who cover a range of industries, including television, entertainment, publishing, advertising, consumer products, food and beverage, retail, fashion and sports. He assumed the position in November 2001.

Prior to that, Deogun was the mergers and acquisitions reporter for The Wall Street Journal in New York. In that job, Deogun wrote extensively on some of the biggest takeovers in recent years, breaking news on scores of mergers, ahead of the Journal's competition. Beyond news scoops, Deogun has looked behind some major deals to analyze the pitfalls of many earlier mergers and the challenges for smaller companies to stay relevant when their industries are consolidating around them.

Deogun joined the Journal in 1994 in the Atlanta bureau, initially writing the Heard on the Street column for southeast Journal and then covering regional banking for the paper. He then covered the beverage and snack-food industry, particularly Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc.

Deogun grew up in Calcutta, India, and graduated summa cum laude from Muskingum College. He received a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has worked or interned at a number of newspapers, including the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

He and his wife, 1991 alumna Allison Kimmich, have two children and live in New York.