Deb Fellows, the founder, owner and editor-in-chief of Traverse, Northern Michigan Magazine, has been named one of Albion College's 2011 Distinguished Alumni. Fellows, class of 1978, was honored at Albion College's Homecoming ceremonies held in late September. At just 24 years of age, Fellows, founded Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine, in Traverse City. Now more than 30 years old, Traverse Magazine has a circulation of 25,000, is sold on more than 600 newsstands, and has received a number of awards from industry organizations. Fellows's company, MyNorth Media, now encompasses eight periodicals, a book publishing division and the web portal MyNorth.com. Fellows served for nine years on the board of the Leelanau Conservancy and has provided numerous internships for Albion College students as well as students from other institutions. She lives in Lake Leelanau.
Albion College's Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented each year to a select few alumni who have demonstrated excellence in career achievements, contributions to community/humanity, and service to Albion College.
The 2011 Albion College Distinguished Alumni Awards recipients are Caster Concepts president William Dobbins, class of 1974, of Albion; Traverse Magazine founder Deborah Wyatt Fellows class of 1978, of Lake Leelanau, Mich.; Herschend Family Entertainment CEO Joel Manby, class of 1981, of Atlanta, Ga.; South Carolina arts organizer David Sennema, class of 1956; and Koegel Meats president and vice president, siblings John, class of 1985, and Kathryn, class of 1978, Koegel of Flint, Mich.