Journalism Degree Leads Alumna to Dream Job as Cook

Nicole Castro Pursel ’09

We call it “serendipity” when dreams come true. Nicole Castro Pursel ’09 says she’s had a brush with that unexplainable good fortune in her career. After completing an internship at Time Warner Sports and earning her degree in journalism, she accepted an administrative assistant position at Wegmans in her hometown of Rochester. One lucky day,

VIDEO: Election night coverage

VIDEO: Election night coverage

All three campus media outlets — WTOP, WNYO and The Oswegonian — pooled resources to create an entire evening of election 2012 coverage Nov. 6. Learn how some 60 young journalists collaborated to produce remote broadcasts from both parties’ headquarters in Syracuse, moderate in-studio roundtable discussions and interact with the audience via social media.

Longtime Sports Journalist Becomes NBA ‘Voice’

David Benz ’92 most recently hosted, anchored and reported for Comcast Sportsnet in San Francisco. Last fall he became the TV play-by-play voice of the National Basketball Association’s Minnesota Timberwolves.

David Benz ’92 wanted to skip walking the stage for his December Commencement to make sure he wouldn’t miss his final chance to call Laker basketball.
Mom put the kibosh on that idea, but Dave was able to grab his degree, make his first and only collegiate play-by-play broadcast and launch a career that has made him the television voice of the National Basketball Association’s Minnesota Timberwolves.

10×10+10: Cameron Jones ’09

Cameron Jones '09

Every day starts with a good morning for Cameron Jones ’09.

As operations coordinator for “Good Morning America,” Cameron processes hires, tracks freelancers and runs the internship program among other tasks. The former WSTM-TV (Syracuse) and WNYW-TV (New York) intern hopes to make his way to the front of the cameras eventually, but loves learning all aspects of the broadcasting business.

Alumna invites current students to join ‘Roadtrip Nation’

Cathleen Richards '09

Cathleen Richards ’09 entered Oswego determined to be a TV broadcast director, but took “a few left turns and off ramps along the way.”

She did end up in television, but not in the way she expected. She is part of “Roadtrip Nation,” a social movement and PBS series intended to inspire late-teens and 20-somethings to get real about their dreams.

Weather Channel’s Winter Expert Has Roots in Oswego

The Weather Channel's Top Snow Man

When your résumé includes experiences like standing atop Piez Hall measuring the wind speed as the Blizzard of ’77 rolls in off Lake Ontario, where else would your career take you but before the cameras of The Weather Channel as the Winter Weather Expert?

Luckily Tom Niziol ’77 made it down off that roof safely. Now he draws on his Oswego snow schooling and a 30-year career with the National Weather Service in Buffalo in his role with the country’s premier source for consumer weather information.

Your Next TV

Your Next TV

Ed. Note: In January, at a session titled “In Search of TV’s Next Big Thing” at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, Peter Bocko ’75 and four other industry executives debated trends in hardware, software and the sociology of future TV. Here, Pete shares some highlights of their discussion. Are there big differences between brands of flat