Ron Mackovich oversees priorities – stories about USC Village, biotech, access and value, among other areas – for USC University Communications. He has a strong background in digital journalism, most recently at KCBS-TV.
Stories by Ron Mackovich:
USC small business program is a key ingredient for Boyle Heights restaurant
Co-owner’s experience in Bridges to Business program helps her spread the word on Mesoamerican fare at Milpa Grille.
Single mom keeps her eye on an ophthalmology career
Parshanna Wilson works at USC Village and studies at USC Roski Eye Institute clinics around Los Angeles.
Freshman class sets records for diversity, academic achievement
More students say “yes” than ever before; 1 in 4 have perfect grade-point averages and 17 percent are first-generation.
USC veterans find a place of their own to call home
All branches of the military are represented at the university’s first units for student veterans.
Coliseum renovation reaches halfway point with topping-off ceremony
The $300 million project will bring the 95-year-old stadium back to its former glory and add world-class amenities — all while the Trojans and Rams continue to play there.
Construction workers benefit from Coliseum renovation
Armed with tools of their new trades, local men and women bring energy and high spirits to long-awaited restoration of the legendary landmark.
How USC helps high-achieving, low-income students get into top universities
Bovard Scholars program helps high schoolers see their potential with an all-expenses-paid immersive university experience.
Chic hospital clothes? USC medical students have a design ready
Two Trojans create smart apparel with more aesthetic appeal and less embarrassment for patients.
Is it hard to breathe in your corner of Los Angeles County?
Neighborhood by neighborhood, a USC project pinpoints areas with cleaner or more-polluted air.
Yep, driving home does take longer than driving to work in L.A.
USC research shows it’s usually faster to drive in the morning rush hour than it is at night. But why?
Homeless count drops 3 percent in L.A. County since 2016
Funds from two voter-approved measures for services were credited for advancements against the L.A. crisis.
For faculty resident, life at USC Village is a family affair
The arrangement has its perks, from a unique family opportunity to the chance to make deep connections with students.
Tina Knowles Lawson announced as 2018 USC baccalaureate speaker
Nonprofit founder has dedicated herself to community service and the empowerment of young women.
USC announces five honorary degree recipients for 2018 commencement
Recipients are a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a visionary law enforcement leader, a member of the Astronaut Hall of Fame, a groundbreaking biochemist and an Academy Award-winning actor.
Lung cancer survivor’s free screening at USC is a life-saver
South L.A. grandmother showed no symptoms, but the screening at Keck Hospital of USC told a different story.
USC sees record number of applicants for fall 2018 admission
A landslide of outstanding applications raises the bar for admits, as average GPA and standardized test scores continue climbing.
Trailblazing Trojan touts strength at ninth annual USC Veterans and ROTC Gala
Stayce Harris, the first female African-American to earn the rank of lieutenant general in U.S. Air Force, inspires military with keynote speech.
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.