Brinkerhoff to Give Commencement Address


Alumna Corinne Brinkerhoff (‘02) will provide the commencement address during graduation ceremonies at 2 p.m. May 12 in Stokes Stadium.

Brinkerhoff is a television writer and producer in Los Angeles. She began her career on ABC’s critically acclaimed “Boston Legal,” where she was on the writing staff for three years before moving on to “The Good Wife” on CBS. As part of the writing and producing team, Brinkerhoff was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, two Writers Guild Awards and a PRISM Award, recognizing television writing that accurately depicts important social issues. “The Good Wife” was also honored with a Peabody, American Film Institute’s TV Program of the Year Award and the inaugural Sidney Lumet Award for Integrity in Entertainment.

Brinkerhoff has also worked as a writer and co-executive producer on the detective drama “Elementary” and legal drama “Reckless,” both on CBS, and Golden Globe nominated comedy “Jane the Virgin” on the CW. She created and executive produced the 2016 CBS murder mystery “American Gothic,” in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. She also created and executive produced “No Tomorrow,” an adventure romantic comedy on the CW, nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 2017 Monte Carlo International Television Festival. Most recently, she returned to “Jane the Virgin” as a consulting producer while developing new projects for cable and streaming.

While a student at Truman, Brinkerhoff was a member and officer of Sigma Kappa and worked at the Center for Student Involvement. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 2002 and a master’s degree in television production from Boston University in 2004.

A native of Lawrence, Kan., Brinkerhoff currently resides in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles.

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