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Eight accomplished alumni you didn't know went to IU


Actors, businessmen, journalists and more. IU has had many accomplished alumni, here is a list of eight you may not have known:

ESPN personality and IU alumna Sage Steele speaks during IU's Hoosier Hysteria at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. IDS file photo

Sage Steele — Steele is a sportscaster who graduated in 1995 with a B.S. in sports communication.  Steele has reported on sports since her graduation, including working for ESPN's "SportsCenter."   Twenty years after graduating, Steele returned to her alma mater to be the commencement speaker for the 2015 graduation ceremony.

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Jamie Hyneman, a American special effects expert, presents during the Spring 2016 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at Memorial Stadium. IDS file photo

Jamie Hyneman — Best known for being the co-host of the television series "Mythbusters," Hyneman graduated from IU with a degree in Russian linguistics. Since his graduation from IU, Hyneman has received three honorary doctorate degrees, including one from Villanova University.

Jonathan R. Michaelsen interviews actor and Honorary Degree Candidate Kevin Kline at the IU Auditorium. IDS file photo

Kevin Kline — After graduating from IU in 1970 with a degree in theater, Kline was awarded a position in the newly-formed Drama division at The Juilliard School in New York City. Kline has won many awards including a Tony for his role in "Present Laughter." More recently, you can find Kline playing the role of Maurice in the 2017 version of "Beauty and the Beast."

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Jane Pauley — Graduating from IU a semester early in 1972 with a B.S. in political science, Pauley has since worked as a journalist on the "Today Show" and "Dateline." After her time with "Dateline," Pauley went on to host a daytime talk show called "The Jane Pauley Show" on NBC.

Ranveer Singh — Now an actor in India, Singh graduated with a B.A. in creative writing and a minor in theater from IU before returning home to Mumbai in 2007. Since graduating, Singh has become an established actor in Hindi films. 

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Amanda Schull and Sascha Radetsky heat up the Salsa dance floor in "Center Stage." IDS file photo

Amanda Schull — Attending IU for only one year on a ballet scholarship, Schull received an opportunity to perform in the San Francisco Ballet Company. In 2000, Schull began acting in shows like "Pretty Little Liars" and "One Tree Hill."

Jimmy Wales — Co-founder of, Wales is an internet entrepreneur who attended IU for his PhD in finance. Wales did not complete his required doctoral dissertation. In 2015, Wales received an honorary doctorate from Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

John Chambers — Graduating from the Kelley School of Business with a master's degree in finance and management, Chambers went on to work for IBM. Chambers would go on to work for Cisco Systems, where he would eventually become the CEO. 

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