This week’s In Appreciation Of highlights former actor/now journalist Reed Alexander, who notably appeared in iCarly.

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For a certain generation of TV viewers, Reed Alexander will always be iCarly’s Nevel Papperman.

The comically pretentious website critic/nemesis first appeared in Season 1 of the hit Nickelodeon show.

He recurred throughout the series. As well as this, Alexander reprised his role on Sam & Cat and the Paramount+ iCarly revival.

Reed Alexander as Nevel in the original iCarly
Image courtesy of Nickelodeon

A good part in a well-loved show and later, shows. Not bad, right?

However, in a case of life imitating art, Alexander would later leave acting behind to pursue journalism.

After working for CNN and Dow Jones, among others, he recently came full circle by covering Hollywood’s business side for Insider.

It’s difficult enough to carve out a career in one competitive industry, let alone two.

I will say of all the people that I ever expected to relate to, the actor who played Nevel on iCarly was not one of them.

Like Alexander, I was all set on one path before finding journalism and following that instead.

That’s another story, for another time.

Courtesy of Paramount+

While iCarly was Alexander’s biggest acting gig, it was far from his first.

He started acting in 2002, later scoring roles in projects such as Will & Grace among others.

After deciding to become a journalist, Alexander later earned both Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in the subject.

In fact, he even took academia a step further by becoming a Journalism Professor at the University of Miami.

Alexander impacted a generation of (mostly) children through his iCarly performance.

Now, he has the opportunity to impact a generation of new journalists as their teacher.

Whether it’s in acting or journalism, Reed Alexander has definitely made his mark.

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