About LIAM DILLON
Liam Dillon, 26, is a staff writer who covers Ave Maria, Florida Gulf Coast University and higher education for the Naples Daily News.
He joined the paper in September 2006 after spending his entire life in the Northeast. He grew up in Philadelphia and graduated in May 2005 from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., majoring in political science and minoring in philosophy. He has, his mother likes to say, been a writer since he was 9 years old.
Before Liam came to the Daily News, he spent 18 months covering umpteen high school sports as a freelancer for the Washington Post and attended a six-week fellowship for recent college graduates at The Poynter Institute, the St. Petersburg-based school for journalists.
Liam began at the Daily News by covering the City of Marco Island, added Ave Maria to his responsibilities in July 2007 and became the general higher education reporter in January 2009.
Some of his interests include playing football and softball, reading, Rockband and Christmas sweaters. One of his great pleasures in the past year was watching the Philadelphia Phillies win the first championship for any Philadelphia professional sports franchise in his lifetime. He may or may not have played the "Rocky" theme song 30 times in a row while dancing around his apartment.
Southwest Florida’s first law school opens its doors in the fall
Published 07/18/2009 at 4 p.m.
The 10-year-old Ave Maria School of Law will hold its first class Aug. 24 with about 400 students at its North Naples campus. Employees arrived here earlier this month and construction workers continue buzzing about the 12-acre “Vineyards Campus” — ...
Ave Maria law school settles lawsuits with two former professors
Published 07/16/2009 at 1:35 p.m.
Two former Ave Maria School of Law professors have settled their employment claims against the school, its founding dean and its primary benefactor, the professors’ attorney said Thursday. The professors, Ed Lyons and Phil Pucillo, filed suit after they were ...
Streamlined financial aid application could improve access to college
Updated 07/02/2009 at 6:40 p.m.
New rules on applying for college financial aid aim to make the process simpler, federal officials announced last week. The changes relate to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required for students seeking aid. Most notably, ...
Students, universities look forward to expanded benefits under new GI Bill
Published 06/28/2009 at 4:42 p.m.
Less than a year ago, Ariel Montero was a lance corporal in the Marines just two months removed from running foot patrols in Ramadi, his third tour in an Iraqi war zone. This week, Montero sat in a classroom at ...
Bishop’s appointment to Ave Maria board indicates closer ties to university
Published 06/26/2009 at 5:42 p.m.
The relationship between Ave Maria University and the Catholic Church took a major step forward this month. The university named Diocese of Venice Bishop Frank Dewane to its board of trustees, the first official role for the senior local cleric ...
On second thought, FGCU’s president decides Twitter not a good idea
Updated 06/25/2009 at 4:29 p.m.
From NPR to Larry King, Florida Gulf Coast University President Wilson Bradshaw kept hearing about Twitter. A few days before last week’s university Board of Trustees meeting, Bradshaw logged on to the social networking site and signed up. “EagleBrad” was ...
Condones gratis como protesta por decisión de tienda de Ave María de no venderlos
Published 06/24/2009 at 10:06 a.m.
La Agencia de Planificación Familiar del Condado Collier (Planned Parenthood of Collier County) designó a voluntarios para regalar condones el viernes en los estacionamientos de dos Publix como protesta a la decisión del Publix de Ave María de no venderlos.
Critic urges Collier board to delay Oil Well Road expansion to no avail
Published 06/23/2009 at 1:32 p.m.
A public petition to hold off on the construction of an eastern Collier County thoroughfare was met with disdain by county commissioners Tuesday morning. North Naples resident Gina Downs, director of citizens’ group Citizens Transportation Coalition and a member of ...
Daily News reporter will not have to testify in case against Collier County Sheriff’s Office
Updated 06/19/2009 at 4:16 p.m.
A Naples Daily News reporter will not be deposed in a federal lawsuit against the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, a judge ruled Thursday. An attorney for failed county sheriff candidate Vinny Angiolillo had sought testimony from Daily News public safety ...
Publix opens to crowd in Ave Maria
Updated 06/18/2009 at 5:14 p.m.
Publix opened this morning at Ave Maria to a crowd jazzed about the first supermarket in a 28-mile stretch from Golden Gate Estates to Immokalee. With the opening, Publix also became the first big box retailer in the two-year-old community.
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