Donor Honor Roll

The Newhouse School gratefully acknowledges the alumni, parents, employees, organizations, students and friends who supported the school each year. The following list recognizes those who have contributed between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023. We have respectfully removed those donors who asked to remain anonymous.

Newhouse Advisory Board

Barry Baker ’73 

Senior Advisor, Lee Equity

Angela Bundrant ’89

Head of Brand and Business Development, Purple Strategies

Neil I. Canell

Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Securities

Deborah B. Curtis ’90 

CMO, On Location Experiences

Brian A. Edelman ’03 

CEO, RAIN

Andrea Fant-Hobbs ’82

Chief Brand Officer, Brand Strategy, Development and Innovation LLC

Shelly L. Fisher ’80

CEO, Pay it Forward Group LLC

Eric D. Frankel ’79

CEO, AdGreetz

Steven Fuchs ’79

CEO, True North

Nicholas B. Godfrey ’02 

COO, RAIN

Kristina Hahn ’98

Director of Global Sell Side Strategy and Operations, Google

Deborah A. Henretta ’85

Partner and Vice Chairman, G100 Co.

Joyce Hergenhan ’63 

Retired Vice President, Communications, General Electric

Peter A. Horvitz ’76 

President, PAH Investments LLC

Beth Ann Kaminkow ’89

Global CEO, VMLY&R Commerce

Keith Kaplan ’91

Global CEO, Kinetic Worldwide

Lawrence S. Kramer ’72 

Board of Directors, Advance Local
Senior Advisor, Advance

Michael Lehman

Partner/Attorney, Lehman & Lehman LLP

Rob Lewis ’84

Senior Director of Multi-Format Production, Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal

Christopher A. Licht ’93

Former Chairman and CEO, CNN Worldwide 

Gary T. Lico ’76

Proprietor, GARYLICO.TV

Robert R. Light ’78 

Head of Music Department, Partner and Managing Director, Creative Artists Agency

L. Camille Massey ’87

President and CEO, Synergos

Sandra Cordova Micek ’91

President and CEO, WTTW/WFMT

John Douglas Miller ’72

Retired Chair, NBCUniversal Marketing Council

Robert J. Miron ’59 

Retired Chairman and CEO, Advance/Newhouse Communications

Eric Mower ’66, G’68

Chairman and CEO, Mower

Philip Nardone Jr. ’82

President and CEO, PAN Communications 

Tonia O’Connor ’92

Independent Board Director

Michael S. Perlis ’76 

President and CEO, Forbes Media

Bruce Perlmutter ’81

Content Strategy, Showrunner, Amazon 

Melissa Richards-Person ’89

CMO & Vital Brand Builder, Third Arm Consulting

Angela Y. Robinson ’78 

Director of Operations, National Association of Black Journalists

Doug Robinson ’85

President, Doug Robinson Productions

Gary C. Schanman ’92

Executive Vice President and Group President, Sling TV

Alyson Shontell ’08

Editor-in-Chief, Fortune

Seth Solomons ’91

CEO, Eastlake Advisory Group

Shari M. Stenzler ’92

Owner/Founder, London Misher Public Relations

Charles W. Stevens ’77

Principal, Global Writers Group
Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism

John L. Sykes ’77

President, Entertainment Enterprises, iHeartMedia

Michael T. Tirico ’88

Sportscaster, NBC Sports

Luis C. Torres-Bohl ’82, G’85

President/Founder, Castalia Communications Corp.

Joyce Tudryn ’81

President and CEO, IRTS Foundation

David Watson

President and CEO, Comcast Corp.

James G. Weiss ’87

Chairman and CEO, Real Chemistry 

Bryan Wiener ’92

CEO, Profitero

Melinda Witmer

Former Executive Vice President, Chief Video Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Time Warner Cable Networks

Howard E. Woolley ’80 

President, Howard Woolley Group LLC

Dana Zimmer ’92

President of Distribution, Nexstar Media Group

Emeritus Members

Joan L. Adler G’76 

Assistant Vice President of Regional Programs, Syracuse University Los Angeles

James C. Andrews G’93 

Vice President, Licensing, Andrews McMeel Publishing

Roger W. Conner ’70 

President and CEO, Conner Communications LLC

Shanti D. Das ’93 

CEO and Founder, Silence the Shame
Founder, mibo LLC

William F. Doescher G’61 

President and CEO, The Doescher Group Ltd.

Pamela Giddon Freedman ’73

Retired Owner, Giddon & Company PR Marketing

Andrew T. Heller

Retired Vice Chairman, Turner Broadcasting System

Steven D. Leeds G’73

Retired Vice President, Talent Relations and Industry Affairs, SiriusXM

Arthur S. Liu G’66 

President and CEO, Multicultural Radio Broadcasting

Donald R. Lockett G’74 

Principal, iD-Media Solutions

Sean McDonough ’84

Broadcaster, ESPN

David G. O’Neil ’84

Partner, Rini Coran PC

Andrea Davis Pinkney ’85

Vice President and Editor-at-Large, Scholastic Trade

Howard W. Polskin ’73 

President, Polskin Media

Anthony F. Renda ’60 

President, Renda Broadcasting Corp.

Stephen A. Rogers ’62

Retired Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, The Post-Standard

Walter Sabo ’74

Owner, Sabo Media

Marianne L. Samenko ’79

Retired Senior Director, Marketing, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Mark D. Sena ’76, G ’78

President, Mars Communications

Michael J. Terpin ’78

CEO and Owner, Transform Group

George P. Verschoor ’83 

Producer/Director, Television and Film, Hoosick Falls Productions

Stephen J. Wilkes ’80 

Photographer, Stephen Wilkes Photography

Honorary Member

Steven Newhouse

Chairman, Advance.net

Coming and going

Jack Myers and Alyson Shontell
Jack Myers and Alyson Shontell

The Newhouse School extends its deep gratitude to Jack Myers ’69 for completing 25 years of service to the Advisory Board and for his role as founder of the Newhouse 44 Board. Myers’ remarkable career in communications spanned decades, most recently as media ecologist and founder of MediaVillage. His many contributions of professional advice, volunteer time and financial support have had a tremendous impact on our students, alumni and deans.

And a warm welcome to our newest Advisory Board member, Alyson Shontell ’08, the editor-in-chief at Fortune. Shontell previously worked at Business Insider, where she was appointed editor-in-chief in 2016, becoming the youngest and only woman to run a global business publication. We look forward to her insight and contributions!

Class Notes

60s 

Linda Mason ’65 wrote a memoir, “Speak Up: Breaking the Glass Ceiling at CBS News.”

70s 

Joe Castiglione G’70 is the 2024 Ford C. Frick Recipient for Excellence in Baseball Broadcasting from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Howard Sholkin ’72 joined the board of directors of The Newton (Massachusetts) Beacon.  

Jayson Stark ’73 was elected to the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame. 

Bob Costas ’74 was a featured speaker in the Newhouse School’s Leaders in Communications series. 

Mark A. Guttman G’75 retired after 45 years in television operations management at NBC, CBS and Sportsnet New York. 

Gary Lico G’76 served as executive producer of the TV show “Forensic Files: A Special Tribute,” which won a Telly Award for Best True Crime Program. 

Matthew Sieger G’76 is the author of “The God Squad: The Born-Again San Francisco Giants of 1978.” 

Allen Adamson ’77 is the author of “Seeing the How: Transforming What People Do, Not Buy, to Gain Market Advantage.” 

Budd Bailey ’77 is the co-author of “The Buffalo Bills: An Illustrated Timeline of a Storied Team” and “Buffalo Braves From A to Z.” 

Kathy Corbalis ’77 was awarded the 2023 D. Richard Petrizzo Award for Career Achievement from the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations. 

Larry Pantages ’77 and Budd Bailey ’77 are the co-authors of “Game Day! Today in Cleveland Sports History.”

80s 

Howard Woolley ’80 gave a financial gift to the Newhouse School to support students studying in Washington, D.C.

Tony Caridi ’84 was inducted into the WAER Hall of Fame. 

Jay Francis ’84 was a featured speaker in the Newhouse School’s Leaders in Communications series. 

Jim Weiss ’87 joined the board of directors of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. 

Dawn Aikman Dinnan ’88 purchased Watermark Office Services Inc. 

Larry Hryb ’89 was a featured speaker in the Newhouse School’s Leaders in Communications series. 

90s 

Traci Geisler ’90 was appointed director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University Libraries. 

Shanti Das ’93 launched a new podcast, “The Mibo Show,” which addresses health in hip-hop. 

Eric Grode ’93 won a 2023 Syracuse University Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award.

Nicole Avery Nichols G’93 was named top editor of the Detroit Free Press. 

Gregg Bernard ’94 is executive vice president of international strategy and business development for the Professional Fighters League.

Beth Uznis Johnson G’94 is the author of the novel “Coming Clean.” 

Rani Raad ’97 was named president of RedBird IMI. 

Robyn Munn Gengras G’98 was elected to the board of trustees of St. Lawrence University. 

Kimberly Bissell Ph.D. ’99 was appointed dean of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication.

Kyle Grimes ’99 was named vice president of New England for Hearst Television.

Jason Jedlinski ’99 was named CEO of WQED Multimedia in Pittsburgh. 

Shana Novak ’99 is the author of “The Heirloomist: 100 Treasures and the Stories They Tell.” 

00s 

Andrew Catalon ’01 was inducted into the WAER Hall of Fame. 

Olivia Stomski ’01 served as executive producer for the TV show “Forensic Files: A Special Tribute,” which won a Telly Award for Best True Crime Program.  

Emilie Harkin ’02 was appointed senior vice president of growth at The Guardian.  

Jeff Passan ’02 was named 2023 National Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. 

Dave Schwartz G’02 joined the Minnesota Wild as senior manager of communications and engagement.  

Shannon Slatton Schwartz G’02 was named executive director of CCX Media in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

Mark E. Johnson ’03, G’05 won the National Press Photographers Association Educator of the Year Award.

Jason Murray G’03 was named sports editor at The Washington Post. 

Adam Ritchie ’03 owns Adam Ritchie Brand Direction, which was selected by American Ninja Warrior Adventure Parks to handle PR for its first U.S. location, in partnership with Universal Live Entertainment. 

Eli Saslow ’04 won a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for a series of stories in The Washington Post. 

Erin Westerman ’04 was named to Variety’s “Power of Women in Hollywood 2023” list and gave the keynote address at the Newhouse School’s 2023 Convocation Ceremony.

Wesley Cheng ’05 is a site publisher at Yahoo Sports/Rivals. 

Kacie Barton ’06 was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video for her work as a producer on “In Your Love” by Tyler Childers. 

Matt Blitz ’07 joined WAMU/DCist as the producer of WAMU’s weekly live local politics show, “The Politics Hour.” 

10s 

Rebecca Schmid G’10 is the author of “Weill, Blitzstein and Bernstein: A Study of Influence.”  

Lorna Oppedisano ’12 is project manager for events and programs at the Onondaga Historical Association.

Travis Parman G’12 joined Philip Morris International as vice president and chief communications officer. 

Kelundra Smith G’12 is managing editor at American Theatre Magazine. 

Leah Stacy G’12 is editor-in-chief of Rochester City Magazine. 

Allyssa Kaiser ’13 was named a “Leader to Watch in 2024” by CommerceNext and received a CommerceXcellence Award for her work as senior director of performance marketing at NEST New York. 

Danny Connors ’14 was named general manager of the Rip City Remix basketball team. 

Liz Sawyer ’14 was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. 

Emily Bailey ’16 served as the colorist on the film “Perfectly Good Moment.” 

Matt Kaufax ’17 joined WTOP News in Washington, D.C., as a features reporter. 

Brian Yuran ’17 directed the short film “Guardian Angels.” 

Aub Driver G’18 is the director of marketing at IDW Publishing.

Yerin Kim ’18 is the author of “I Love BTS.”  

Jerald Pierce G’18 is Chicago editor at American Theatre Magazine. 

20s 

Conor Wight’s ’20 report on lead poisoning and youth violence for CNYCentral.com won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Hard News Reporting. 

Jenna Fink ’21 is a sports anchor and reporter at KVOA in Tucson, Arizona. 

Kamal Morgan G’21 joined the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram as the racial equity reporter. 

Matthew Nerber G’21 joined Syracuse Stage as the marketing content and publications manager. 

Jenna Webster ’21 is a weekend morning anchor at WQAD in Moline, Illinois.

Kate Brennan ’22 won third place in the Hearst Journalism Awards Multimedia Digital News/Enterprise category for her multimedia reporting project, “Aloha ‘āina.”

Kiana Papin ’22 received a Fulbright teaching assistantship to teach in France. 

Steven Rodas G’22 received the 2023 Media Award from the New Jersey Clean Communities Council. 

Quinn VanAntwerp G’22 joined the cast of the Tony Award-nominated musical “Shucked.” 

John Eads ’23 is a sports anchor and reporter at WAFB in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

Maya Pow ’23 joined People Magazine as an associate platforms producer. 

Trey Redfield ’23 is a weekend sports anchor/multimedia journalist at NTV News in Kearney, Nebraska. 

Tien Tran G’23 won a 2023 Clio Sports Gold Award for Best Student Film.   

Anthony Vasquez ’23 joined KGET-17 in Bakersfield, California, as sports director. 

In Memoriam

Edward Bleier ’51

Bleier, the pioneering media executive whose generosity supported the study of television and pop culture for generations of students that followed in his footsteps at Syracuse University, died Oct. 17. He was 94. The former president of Warner Bros.’ Domestic Pay-TV, Cable and Network Features division, Bleier worked in almost every aspect of radio and television. Fittingly, his name is memorialized at the Newhouse School through the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture, which serves as a kind of think tank on the art of television and the exploration of pop culture.

Phil Quartararo ’77 

Quartararo, the influential music executive who introduced U2 to the United States in the 1980s and developed the careers of artists such as Paula Abdul, Linkin Park and the Spice Girls, died Nov. 22. He was 67. Quartararo’s 46-year career included leadership positions with nearly every major record label. Just as important to Quartararo was his dedication to Syracuse University and the Newhouse School, and a commitment to developing future leaders of the music industry. He was one of a handful of executives who worked with Martin Bandier ’62 and the University to create the Bandier Program for Recording and Entertainment Industries.

Charles Reichblum ’48 

Reichblum, the original “Voice of the Orange” and a co-founder of WAER-FM, died Oct. 30. He was 95. The sports director when WAER (then known as WJIV) officially launched in 1947 as the first low-power FM station in the country, Reichblum served as the radio play-by-play voice for Syracuse football and basketball games. Later in his career, Reichblum became known as Dr. Knowledge, a fitting tribute for someone who amassed one of the world’s largest collections of stories during 50-plus years in journalism. He broadcast the daily “Dr. Knowledge” feature nationwide on the CBS Radio Network, and hosted “The Dr. Knowledge Show” on KDKA-AM in Pittsburgh.

John Philip Jones 

Jones, an emeritus professor, longtime Newhouse faculty member in the advertising department and influential voice in the field, died March 23. He was 93. Jones had an illustrious career in Europe, working for nearly 25 years at J. Walter Thompson in London, Amsterdam and Copenhagen before arriving at Newhouse in 1981. Jones brought a wealth of knowledge that would benefit the students that he went on to teach. In 2001, Jones received the Syracuse University Chancellor’s Citation for Exceptional Academic Achievement. He was also a prolific author, writing about 18 books.

R. Gustav Niebuhr 

Niebuhr, a leading writer and author about American religion who went on to teach about religion and media at the Newhouse School, died Oct. 20. Niebuhr, whose full name was Richard Gustav Niebuhr, changed the coverage of religion in the United States by reporting on stories that showed how people’s faiths contributed to shaping their political and civic activities and beliefs. An associate professor with a dual appointment at Newhouse and the College of Arts and Sciences, Niebuhr shared his unparalleled expertise and enthusiasm for writing and reporting with students while providing a patient and encouraging presence in the classroom.

Adapting to AI

Newhouse faculty members are immersed in study and research across a host of topics that investigate how artificial intelligence touches our lives, from the challenges of rooting out fake news to the opportunities and risks that come with the integration of AI and extended reality. Here, they share insights into how AI is affecting their respective fields. 


Makana Chock

Makana Chock 

David J. Levidow Endowed Professor of Communications 
Director, Extended Reality Lab 

The integration of AI and extended reality (XR) offers incredible opportunities for creativity and heightened immersion, but also increases the risks of misinformation and privacy violations. XR technologies collect individualized information about users’ body motions. Generative AI can incorporate that information to create personalized interactive experiences that enhance the experiences of XR users. This has great potential for education, job-training, therapy, entertainment and gameplay. However, this data could also be used to manipulate and mislead through tailored persuasive techniques and interactions with personalized virtual avatars.


Headshot of Joshua Darr

Joshua P. Darr

Associate Professor, Communications
Senior Researcher, Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship 

AI forces the dwindling local news industry to answer a difficult question: Is AI-generated local news better than nothing? If we want AI to be a civically useful part of local news’ future, local governments need to provide transparent civic information that will train and supply AI “journalism.” One part of my research into new models of nonprofit news asks whether we can use the efforts of these new sites to create informative, equitably focused civic products (including meeting notes, how-to guides and policy analyses) that could be scaled and delivered to broader audiences using AI. 


Jason Davis

Jason Davis

Research Professor
Co-Director, Real Chemistry Emerging Insights Lab

While the challenges of fake news and misinformation are not new, the speed, scale and global impact created by digital media channels certainly are. The application of generative AI systems capable of creating completely synthetic text, images, audio and video has the potential to disrupt this dynamic and even further erode public trust. To meet this challenge, our research has had to move beyond a focus on development and evaluation of new digital detection tools and start working with these AI systems directly. By pushing AI generative capabilities to the limit, we can help shape digital literacy and ethical frameworks.  


Gina Luttrell

Regina Luttrell

Senior Associate Dean
Associate Professor, Public Relations

The integration of AI into mass communication classrooms has effects that will reverberate for years to come. Proper utilization and integration of AI-driven tools are key to the future of our industry. For instance, PR professionals rely on data analysis powered by AI to make data-driven decisions, a stark change from traditional roles in the field. However, rushing to incorporate AI without being aware of its vast potential and limitations can lead to unintended results. The value of artificial intelligence to professionals and rapid proliferation in strategic communication make it an indispensable addition to the field and the classroom. It is vital to research and comprehend these shifts and their ramifications.  


Generative AI, like GPT-4, has revolutionized product development by automating parts of the user interface design and coding processes. Through AI, code generation can be achieved at unprecedented speed, reducing human error and enhancing efficiency. In the advanced media management program, we are examining this shift toward automated product development by studying the quality of AI-generated code and design and its impact on developers’ productivity. We are also looking at the implications of this technology on workforce policies, dynamics, job roles and skills required in the future. We aim to better understand how AI can complement human developers, rather than replace them. 

A Fresh Look

An image of an old lecture hall in the Newhouse School.
The original layout of the lecture hall before the recent renovations.

Those iconic lecture halls got a fresh look this spring following renovations during the Fall 2023 semester. Among the highlights of the remodeled spaces: 

Room 102 reopened for classes in January, while 101 opened later in the Spring 2024 semester.  

Supporting Students

The Newhouse School is thankful for the contributions of our alumni and their dedication to support students following in their footsteps in the communications industry. Two new funds that started in 2023 exemplify how this generosity contributes to creating a rewarding student experience.

Palmer Family International Benchmark Fund

Grant E Palmer

Established by Grant E. Palmer ’13, this endowed fund will help Newhouse School students in the prestigious Bandier Program for Recording and Entertainment Industries pay for costs related to an annual immersion trip to study the music industry in emerging markets across the globe. In 2023, the two-week Bandier immersion trip took students to Southeast Asia, where they had about 40 meetings with industry leaders and professionals.

“Recognizing that traveling abroad holds immense importance for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, this endowment offers students an invaluable opportunity to transcend the limitations of their circumstances and partake in the Bandier program’s international benchmark trip, a fully immersive global educational experience,” Palmer says.

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Larry Barron Fund for Mentorship

Larry Barron

Named after Larry Barron ’87, the fund aims to carry on the late TV executive’s legacy of connecting students aspiring to work in the media and entertainment business with key industry professionals for mentorship, networking and internship opportunities. Two students will be chosen each year as part of the program, which includes a four-day trip to Los Angeles for meetings, meet-and-greets, tours and other activities to connect recipients with established media and entertainment executives.

Barron died in 2020. The fund was organized by his longtime friends Carl Weinstein and Scott Bergstein, both 1988 graduates of Newhouse. “We are very grateful to Larry’s friends, colleagues and Syracuse University for all their efforts to make [the Larry Barron Fund for Mentorship] a reality to honor our son,” say Barron’s parents, Roberta and Hal Barron.

Barron’s prolific career included producing or consulting on hit shows including
“The Amazing Race,” “Paradise Hotel” and “America’s Next Top Model.”

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Newhouse Coast to Coast

Syracuse University moved into an exciting new space in Los Angeles in January, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony taking place in March. 

Later this year, the University is scheduled to move into a new space in Washington, D.C. As with the Fisher Center in New York City, the new homes in DC and LA will serve as centers of activity for Newhouse students spending a semester away from main campus. These new hubs will also host University events and serve as gathering spaces for Newhouse alumni. 

Among those celebrating at the March 2 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new home of the Syracuse University Dick Clark Los Angeles Program are (from left) Anna Proulx, director of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Program, LA Semester;
Robin Howard, director of the Newhouse LA program; 
Newhouse Dean Mark J. Lodato; Cindy Clark ’86; RAC Clark; Provost Gretchen Ritter; VPA Dean Michael S. Tick; John Sykes ’77, president of entertainment enterprises for iHeartMedia; and 
Joan Adler, University assistant vice president of regional programs in Los Angeles.
Among those celebrating at the March 2 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new home of the Syracuse University Dick Clark Los Angeles Program are (from left) Anna Proulx, director of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Program, LA Semester; Robin Howard, director of the Newhouse LA program; Newhouse Dean Mark J. Lodato; Cindy Clark ’86; RAC Clark; Provost Gretchen Ritter; VPA Dean Michael S. Tick; John Sykes ’77, president of entertainment enterprises for iHeartMedia; and Joan Adler, University assistant vice president of regional programs in Los Angeles.

Newhouse LA

The Kari and Dick Clark Foundation’s Forever Orange Campaign gift, announced in October 2023, significantly expands the University’s presence and impact in the entertainment field. The newly renamed Syracuse University Dick Clark Los Angeles Program—in recognition of music and entertainment icon Dick Clark ’51—allows for growth of the successful Newhouse LA program. Newhouse classes in the new space began this spring.

Highlights  

“This is a tremendous opportunity to build upon the success of Newhouse LA, which continues to provide experiential and immersive programs that allow students to live and work in Los Angeles while learning about the entertainment industry from faculty with extensive connections in the business.”

Robin Howard
Robin Howard
Director, Newhouse LA

Newhouse DC

Newhouse DC will relocate to the University’s new space in the vibrant and centrally located Dupont Circle neighborhood, just in time for the 2024 presidential campaign. The facility will also serve as the base for the Syracuse University Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship, a joint initiative with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs led by Kramer Director and veteran political journalist Margaret Talev. Classes in the new space could begin this summer. 

Highlights  

“The new space provides Newhouse students with a state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of the nation’s capital, just blocks from the White House, where they can study and hone their skills. They’ll be able to take classes, engage with top professionals, many of whom are Syracuse alums, and attend newsmaker events. The opportunities are endless, which is extremely exciting!”

Beverly Kirk
Beverly Kirk
Director, Newhouse DC

Hitting the Trail

The 2024 presidential campaign gives Newhouse students exceptional opportunities to hone their political reporting skills, both on the trail and in the nation’s capital.  

Coverage started in January, at New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary. Students in the Newhouse DC program are gaining insight into how campaign developments can impact the halls of government. And the Newhouse School is working on plans for students to cover the Republican and Democratic nominating conventions this summer. 

In New Hampshire, 17 students pitched story ideas to professional media outlets, writing or producing content from the same campaign rallies and events being covered by national political reporters. 

Margaret Talev, a professor of practice in magazine, news and digital journalism, is helping the school prepare for convention coverage.  

“Experiences like New Hampshire and the conventions—those are the real difference-makers. They really connect students to the moment,” says Talev, who is also Kramer Director for the Syracuse University Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship.

Richard Perrins interviewing people at a campaign event in New Hampshire.
Magazine, news and digital journalism senior Richard Perrins (right) conducts an interview at a Nikki Haley rally in Nashua, N.H
Broadcast and digital journalism junior Ronnie Parrillo (left) and senior Blythe Reis shoot b-roll at a polling site in Laconia, N.H.
Broadcast and digital journalism junior Ronnie Parrillo (left) and senior Blythe Reis shoot b-roll at a polling site in Laconia, N.H.
Magazine, news and digital journalism sophomore Danielle Blyn (left) and senior Eden Stratton (center) meet MSNBC host and former White House press secretary Jen Psaki while covering a Nikki Haley rally in Nashua, N.H.
Magazine, news and digital journalism sophomore Danielle Blyn (left) and senior Eden Stratton (center) meet MSNBC host and former White House press secretary Jen Psaki while covering a Nikki Haley rally in Nashua, N.H.

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Bright Futures Ahead

The Newhouse School boasts a legacy of excellence in graduate education that dates back decades. A pillar of the Newhouse philosophy is to continuously look ahead to prepare students for what’s next in fields that are constantly evolving. This gives Newhouse graduates a head start as they transition into careers in communications.  

Each class produces new waves of alumni prepared to tell stories, inspire and lead. Here, we focus on the journeys of five recent master’s program graduates and how their Newhouse experiences have influenced their careers.


Connor Broshar

Connor Broshar G’22

Program: Advertising
Position: Analyst, APEX Portfolio Messaging, Dell Technologies
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

Before I joined the program, I thought I had made up my mind to join an advertising agency out of school. If it were not for Newhouse, I would not have seen that there was much more to the advertising world. I had no idea prior to Newhouse that you could be on the other side of the business and work with agencies while still reaping the rewards of a large technology company. 

Most of the research we did within the program relates to some of the work I do in marketing. Most of my roles at Dell so far have involved deep levels of consumer research, and the work I did at Newhouse not only prepared me for this but also opened my eyes to endless possibilities of future roles.


Joey Creighton

Joey Creighton G’18

Program: Advanced Media Management  
Position: Social Research and Insights Manager, MTV Entertainment Group, Paramount
Location: New York City

Outside the classroom, I was a research assistant for a project involving how the police department in Bangor, Maine, used social media to engage with residents and people throughout the country. It was super interesting to see how a department from such a small town was able to reach such a large audience through the power of social media. The skills I learned throughout this research project have extended into my current role in research at Paramount.

All my career opportunities since graduating can be attributed to Newhouse’s incredible alumni network. Alums have always been super welcoming and willing to lend a hand in career pursuits. Prior to my current job, when I was working in social media analytics, it was always wild to be on calls with different media and entertainment brands and learn of other Newhouse grads on the call. The Newhouse Network is incredible and something that can’t be replicated elsewhere.   


Nia Lucky

Nia Lucky G’22

Program: Television, Radio and Film
Position: Freelance Associate Producer, CBS News, Broadcast Marketing Division
Location: Los Angeles

Do not put yourself in a box! Those random interests or passions can take you far. I had that “Aha!” moment during [Assistant Professor] Kelly Leahy’s course. It was the beginning of the summer session, also known as “boot camp,” and Leahy shared her well-versed career. I was amazed that she took what made her happy and made it into a profession. She leaned into her joy of children’s programming, technology and research. It might seem silly, but many people diminish one of their talents to make another one shine. You do not have to do that! Both can flourish simultaneously.

I will always love hard news, but entertainment news has my heart! I am an entertainment enthusiast and understand the power of being versatile. When I looked for a graduate program, I wanted to know if I could diversify my television, radio and film talents. I wanted to strengthen my on-camera presence, writing and editing, and use film to advertise pop culture. I needed to know that I could incorporate all the elements. Newhouse did not frown upon being divergent. The program understands the industry.


Jerald Pierce

Jerald Pierce G’18  

Program: Goldring Arts Journalism and Communications
Position: Chicago Editor, American Theatre Magazine
Location: Chicago

I came into Newhouse with basically zero reporting or journalism knowledge beyond what you could glean from reading a lot of news. Everything I know about journalism, reporting and editing I got from Newhouse.

Newhouse has been a great support system for me so far in my career. I’m not a big “networking” person, but Newhouse comes with a built-in network that continues to pop up everywhere I go. Over the years, I’ve leaned on folks I met at Newhouse for career advice and job references, so being an alum has provided a real support system during my career journey. 


Adriana Rozas Rivera

Adriana Rozas Rivera G’21  

Program: Magazine, News and Digital Journalism
Position: Bilingual Reporter/Anchor, WPRI-TV
Location: Providence, Rhode Island

I learned to edit video and identify great stories. If you get those two things down, you can do so much in this industry. Multimedia is the future of journalism!  

Thanks to a Newhouse partnership with PBS “Frontline,” I was project manager on a documentary covering a family separated at the border under the [Trump administration’s] “zero-tolerance” policy. It was the first long-form video project I was a part of and it showed me a different type of storytelling—one that could be more creative and multifaceted. I also won the Pulitzer Center fellowship, which allowed me to travel home to Puerto Rico to complete an investigative reporting project on menstrual justice on the island. It landed me my first byline in The Washington Post and taught me how your story idea can end up changing throughout the reporting process—and that’s OK!

What’s Next at Newhouse

The Newhouse School today stands as one of the most well-regarded schools of communications in the country, with programs that represent all areas of the industry. Its roots at Syracuse University stretch back more than 100 years, to the founding of the Department of Journalism in 1919. And those roots are still strong.

“At the end of the day, journalism remains the heartbeat of the Newhouse School,” says Dean Mark J. Lodato. “Journalism is where we serve our most important purpose, as it is critical to our democracy.”

That sense of purpose underpins the school’s new academic strategic plan, created last fall as part of a campuswide strategic planning process launched by Vice Chancellor, Provost and Chief Academic Officer Gretchen Ritter that resulted in individual plans for each school and college as well as a University plan, “Leading With Distinction.”

Some 300 faculty, staff, students and alumni worked on the Newhouse plan, a comprehensive document that outlines a dynamic vision for the school’s future and charts a course for the next five years.

Here, Lodato discusses highlights of the plan and opportunities for the school moving forward. 

Defending the role of journalism in our democracy has become increasingly critical. What part will the Newhouse School play in that effort?  

I expect to see robust growth in our impact over the next five years. With the establishment of the Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship (IDJC), a joint effort with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, we are working toward a return to civil discourse and underscoring the importance of journalism in our democracy. The institute allows for cross-college collaboration and industry partnerships. Together with NBC News, IDJC is staging a series of focus groups to gain insights from key voting blocs in 2024 presidential election battleground states. The institute has also received a $250,000 grant to look at misinformation in the presidential election, which will involve IDJC researchers working with Senior Associate Dean Jennifer Stromer-Galley from the School of Information Studies, who is an expert in this area. All these things bring immense value to our country and our society.  

The concept of engaged citizenship is an important tenet of the University plan, and IDJC obviously plays into that. In what other ways does engaged citizenship resonate for Newhouse?   

We are producing students who want to engage. We are producing storytellers and journalists, advocates and persuasive communicators. We are keeping our communities informed, we are entertaining our communities and, as journalists, we’re taking responsibility for the future of our communities. We are also applying for grants that will help support local news and looking at how the school can work with media outlets or local organizations—especially in rural areas—to keep communities informed. An example of how this can work is the reporting and writing our students do to help [public radio station] WAER cover Central New York. Our students are also working with professional journalists from the USA Today Network and Central Current as part of a reporting team investigating the impact of police vehicle crashes on communities throughout New York state. That project is led by faculty members Jodi Upton and Nausheen Husain

Jodi Upton, Knight Chair in Data and Explanatory Journalism, co-leads an investigative reporting project in which Newhouse students work with professional journalists from the USA Today Network and Central Current.
Jodi Upton, Knight Chair in Data and Explanatory Journalism, co-leads an investigative reporting project in which Newhouse students work with professional journalists from the USA Today Network and Central Current.

Talk about ‘digital citizenship,’ a key phrase in Newhouse’s academic strategic plan.  

One major focus for the school is the connectivity between communications and technology. For years, we have enjoyed tremendous success and rich relationships with legacy media, and we need to continue that. But to truly lead in the future, we need to train our students around technology and communications. So that’s companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Netflix, and it is technologies like augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence.   

We must ensure that our students can succeed in a rapidly changing communications environment. But that includes training and educating them to be good stewards of this technology. When we talk about digital citizenship, we’re talking about what it means to use technology responsibly if you’re a content creator, and also what it means to use technology in a responsible way if you’re a consumer. Newhouse can play a role in both those areas. We’re educating students, but we can also educate news consumers. It is a real opportunity for us.

How will the school embrace that opportunity?  

What we envision is what we are currently calling the Advanced Media Lab. I see it as a hub, ensuring that our departments and faculty use technology—the latest, greatest technology—in the most effective way within our curriculum. It can also be a conduit to external partners and resources. In three years, I would love to see a large company send their employees to us for training in artificial intelligence or corporate communications strategy, for example. It would be educational but would also provide avenues for collaboration with these amazing organizations when they bring their people to campus. We’re currently hiring a new faculty member to be part of this exciting effort and talking to companies about engaging with us at a high level. 

Students crossing a street in New York City.
Newhouse students have the opportunity to spend a semester studying, interning and experiencing life in New York City (above), Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

What are some other areas of opportunity for the Newhouse School?  

Our study away programs in Los Angeles and New York City are already strong, and we will continue to expand those while also working to grow our newer program in Washington, D.C. We are raising money to help reduce barriers to access so that 100% of students can take advantage of the opportunity to spend a semester in one of those cities or abroad. We’ll offer more Newhouse DEIA courses at study abroad locations, including a class in Santiago, Chile, that examines diversity in Chilean film, or a course in Madrid that addresses stereotypes in Spanish advertising. 

Newhouse is a leader, if not the leader, when it comes to experiential learning. Look at what our students have the opportunity to do, whether in Syracuse or off campus—reporting on Capitol Hill, producing content in New York City or Los Angeles. Few schools can rival that.

Students collaborating with each other in front of a computer screen.
Newhouse students interact during a news reporting class. The new Academic Strategic Plan reinforces the school’s core mission of providing a top-of-class educational experience.

Key Points

The Newhouse Academic Strategic Plan will guide the school’s core mission of providing a top-of-class educational experience focused on preparing graduates for a communications career.  The Newhouse School will foster the next generation of alumni and support the faculty and staff so instrumental in helping our students succeed.

While the plan sets 2028 as the target to reach goals, this blueprint will provide a foundation for Newhouse into the next decade and beyond.

Top commitments

  • Grow programs and student experiences, as well as faculty research and creative activities, that focus on the intersection of democracy, journalism and citizenship.
  • Invest in faculty projects, curriculum development and infrastructure that promote principles of inclusion and equity for students in every Newhouse communications discipline.
  • Expand industry partnerships and collaborations to create unmatched opportunities to pursue research and creative activities for students and faculty.
  • Develop student excellence and advance faculty expertise in technology-driven communication tools and practices, specifically in advanced and emerging media.
  • Emerge as a global hub for sports media and communications and the study of sports media through teaching, research and creative and professional activities.

Timeline

  • Fall 2022
    Dean Mark J. Lodato appoints a Strategic Planning Committee composed of faculty, staff and students to oversee the strategic planning process.
  • Fall 2022 semester
    Committee hosts 13 listening sessions to gather input from all segments of the Newhouse community.
  • October 2022-April 2023
    Committee works on the strategic plan in conjunction with Dean Lodato and school leaders.
  • May 2023
    The strategic plan is formally submitted to the University Provost’s Office.
  • January 2024
    Implementation of strategic plan begins, establishing benchmarks through 2028.