Backpack Journalist Traces Career Path Back to Oswego
It’s quite a hike from Oswego to Denver, but Emmy-winning “backpack journalist” Kevin Torres ’06 has always kept his WTOP-TV experience close.
The backpack journalist returned to campus April 17, speaking to five different SUNY Oswego classes about his career, his successes and what got him to his dream job at KUSA-TV in Colorado. Being a backpack journalist means that in addition to reporting and editing, Torres also takes photos or videos for stories, and then produces them.
Nominated for a total of three, Torres won the Emmy award for “best live reporter” in the Heartland Region, with markets in five states including Colorado.
Graduating with a degree in broadcasting and mass communications, Torres was extremely active in WTOP-TV during his time at Oswego from the moment he got accepted.
“I wanted to be a TV reporter since I was 4 years old,” Torres laughed. “Oswego allowed students to get involved with WTOP as soon as you were a student. At SU, you had to be a junior. It was the best decision I made when it came to my academics.”
With a love for hiking and travelling, Torres began dreaming of working for KUSA-TV back in high school. The NBC affiliate located in Denver ranks as one of the best in the country. In 2009, after working three years with WSYR-TV NewsChannel 9 in Syracuse, his dream became a reality, and he moved to Colorado.
“While at Oswego, I had three professors who really influenced me,” Torres remembered. “One was Jerry Condra. The next was Ron Graeff. His broadcasting reporting class was excellent and taught me all the fundamentals. (Now dean) Fritz Messere ’71, M ’76 was (another). He was just an excellent professor who helped and really inspired me.”
⎯ Emily Longeretta ’12
Denver-based backpack journalist Kevin Torres ’06 speaks with broadcasting major Shannon Rosato ’12 following a classroom appearance April 17 as part of the Alumni-In-Residence, or AIR, program, which is supported by The Fund for Oswego.
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