Ron Mackovich oversees priorities – stories about USC Village, biotech, access and value, among other areas. He has a strong background in digital journalism, most recently at KCBS-TV.
Stories by Ron Mackovich:
Construction workers pack Coliseum renovation hiring event; hundreds of jobs available
When ramped up, the project will provide work, benefits and union membership for L.A. County residents and others.
Renowned oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee named USC’s 2018 commencement speaker
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and physician who redefined public discourse on human health will address the Trojan Family on May 11.
Marine at risk for early-onset Alzheimer’s raises awareness of genetic mutation
The ‘Jalisco mutation’ puts this 30-year-old father at high risk for Alzheimer’s within a decade. He aims to encourage research and genetic testing.
Opera and neuroscience share stage in unique examination of music and medicine
A soprano and a USC neuroscientist share the belief that their disciplines can together improve our health and well-being.
United Airlines Memorial Coliseum to be new name for L.A. landmark
The historic home of the Trojans will be renamed in 2019 after a $270 million renovation is completed.
Top chefs take top honors at USC’s Culinary Challenge
Competitors from the Lab Gastropub, Soto Street Café and USC Amy King Dundon-Berchtold University Club at King Stoops Hall test their skills in the annual event.
Black History Month banners reflecting the African-American experience to appear on Trousdale Parkway
Images for the banners were created by local high school students and painted by a muralist.
As L.A. soaks, USC Village puts stormwater collection system to use
Hardly a drop is wasted as elaborate system gathers runoff, removing debris and contaminants in the process.
USC 2017 | Five Trojans who inspired us this year
✌ Year in review: These USC alumni, faculty and students will give you some good vibes for the new year.
USC 2017 | From scientists and students, breakthroughs and hard work that improve health and change lives
✌ Year in review: In the lab and the field, USC researchers are making a difference in Alzheimer’s, cancer, diet and more.
Alzheimer’s that hits people in their 40s? Jalisco mutation challenges experts
These early onset Alzheimer’s patients — descendants of a common ancestor in Mexico — are often misdiagnosed.
Trejo’s Tacos sees opportunity to serve the community with new shop at USC Village
The eatery combines food, philosophy and entrepreneurship for actor Danny Trejo, who teams up on it with two Trojans.
Army veteran, a USC administrator, uses storytelling to support the military
🇺🇸 Military Appreciation Week: At USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies, West Point grad Randall Hill uses virtual programs to help vets.
Alumni get their first look at USC Village over Reunion Weekend
Olympian John Naber and others marvel at the mixed-use development and what it means to the university.
ROTC midshipman prepares for takeoff as Navy pilot
🇺🇸 Military Appreciation Week: Julianne Nordhagen, who has demonstrated leadership at USC, looks forward to the intense competition ahead in Florida.
Retired Green Beret seeks social work graduate degree to help veterans and employers
🇺🇸 Military Appreciation Week: Attorney Mike St. Denis learns the tools he needs to better serve the military community.
Air Force veteran takes advice from UCLA alum — and becomes a Trojan
🇺🇸 Military Appreciation Week: After stints in Kuwait and Afghanistan, Sebero Quintero turns down a six-figure bonus to be a first-generation student.
SoCalBio Conference showcases emerging technology created by Trojans
Biotech and digital health companies with USC ties turn out at bioscience event.
McCarthy Honors College offers education, relaxation and collaboration
An aspiring pediatrician settles in among the 560 freshmen at one of USC Village’s eight new residential colleges.
Foshay Learning Center provides more first-year USC students than any other high school
Freshmen from South L.A. high school stick together as they begin their collegiate careers.
USC’s freshman class sets record: More first-generation students than ever
The incoming class also has the highest average test scores in USC history, and it’s the most selective class, too.
Biotech Bootcamp embraces ‘off-the-shelf’ solutions to global health issues
Two USC students use an app to determine the needs of an African community where health care is scarce.
Inspired by his grandfather, a USC student takes on the fight against Alzheimer’s
USC’s Bridging the Gaps program gives Chris Im the chance to study neuroscience and the immune system at the Keck School of Medicine.
USC’s Bovard Scholars program gives low-income high schoolers a chance at a top-tier university
Students come to campus for three weeks, then guidance counselors help them through the application and admission processes at any school, not just USC.