Johnstown native and University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown graduate James Fallon was recently honored by the University of Pittsburgh as a 2012 Legacy Laureate. Mr. Fallon, who graduated from Pitt-Johnstown in 1977 with a degree in journalism, was among 13 others recognized for outstanding professional and personal accomplishments. Launched in 2000, the Legacy Laureate program honors alumni who demonstrate the pinnacle of achievement in professional and civic leadership.
Fallon is currently editor of the 102-year-old newspaper Women’s Wear Daily, a Fairchild Fashion Media publication often referred to as “the fashion bible.” Fallon began his journalism career while attending Pitt-Johnstown, working as an intern with The Tribune-Democrat. After attending Stanford University on a full academic scholarship and earning his master’s degree in journalism, he returned to Johnstown and rejoined the Tribune-Democrat staff as a copy editor.
In 1979, Fallon began what would become a distinguished career with Fairchild Publications, the precursor to Fairchild Fashion Media. He served as a news editor in the company’s 35-person Washington, D.C., bureau and, two years later, he was appointed chief of Fairchild’s London bureau. He covered continental Europe, contributing to Fairchild’s business publications, as well as interviewing prominent members of the literary and arts worlds—and members of the British royal family.
Editor of Women’s Wear Daily since October 2001, Fallon has revitalized the brand, nearly doubling the paper’s circulation during a time when print media circulation suffers from steady decline. He was recognized for his excellence in fashion journalism in 2003, when AmericasMart Atlanta awarded him a prestigious Design, Impact, Vision, Atlanta award.
Fallon was also recognized at Pitt-Johnstown at a luncheon held in his honor. When asked how he got into his field, he replied, “There was no planning. I went to London for 18 months and stayed 20 years. I’d go back in a nanosecond because I love what I did and I love what I do now.”
During his visit to Pitt-Johnstown he spoke about the importance of passion in choosing your career. He remarked, “I tell students that learning begins in college but continues out in the world. Find what you’re passionate about and do it the best way you possibly can. If you love what you do today, that’s what matters.”
PHOTO: Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar congratulates James Fallon '77 at a luncheon held in his honor on the Johnstown campus.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization." Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past three years.