Faculty profile

Michael Riecke

Assistant Professor


13 Lanigan Hall

Office hours

Monday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Wednesday 2-3 pm or by appointment

Spring 2023 Schedule:

  • BRC 329 800 Broadcast News Reporting MWF 10:20 - 11:15 am Lanigan 20
  • BRC 329 L50 Broadcast News Reporting Wednesdays 11:30 am - 12:45 pm Lanigan 20
  • BRC 429 800 Broadcast News Process & Producing Mondays 1:50 - 2:45 pm Mahar 104
  • BRC 429 L50 Broadcast News Process & Producing Fridays 2:40 - 4:40 pm Lanigan 20
  • CMA 496 820 Student Media Leadership: WTOP  
  • CMA 490 (Hybrid), Thursdays 2:20 - 3:40 pm

Assistant Professor of Broadcasting and Mass Communication Michael Riecke joined the SUNY Oswego faculty in 2011 after spending nearly a decade in television and digital news as an award-winning reporter, producer, and anchor.  

In addition to his teaching, scholarly, and creative endeavors, Prof. Riecke also serves as the advisor to the campus television station, WTOP-TV, and co-coordinates the School of Communication, Media, and the Arts Hollywood POV program. He's a member of the Broadcast Education Association, Promax BDA'S Academic Advisory Council, and sits on the Syracuse Press Club's Board of Directors.

Riecke's career in media began on New Year's Eve 1999 at WIVT-TV, the ABC affiliate in Binghamton, NY where he served as a part-time multimedia journalist and weekend anchor.  Riecke transferred to WIVT's sister station, WSYR-TV (formally WIXT) in January 2001 where he began as a general assignment reporter. During his 7.5 years at WSYR, Riecke's profile and responsibilities grew as he moved from weekend anchor and producer, to digital content producer, and eventually to co-anchor of station's weekday morning newscast, "The Morning News".  

Riecke's tenure as a reporter took him around the world. He covered the 2004 tsunami from the battered shores of Sri Lanka. He also provided live coverage from the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina. Riecke's work has received multiple honors from the Associated Press, the New York State Broadcasters Association, and the Syracuse Press Club.

Prof. Riecke earned his bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. While at SU, Michael gained national attention by placing first in the annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation National Television News Competition.

Michael completed his graduate work at Le Moyne College, where he studied adult education


Area(s) of Specialty: 
Multiplatform Reporting, Television News Producing, On-Air Performance, Photojournalism, Student Media Advisement, Instructional Design

Coverage/Representation of LGBT community in news media, Media coverage of Rust Belt economics and its impact on consumer confidence and public perception 

Performances and exhibitions

Professional Experience: 
Anchor, "The Morning News", WSYR-TV, Reporter/Web Content Producer, WSYR-TV, 9WSYR.COM, Video Journalist, WIVT-TV 


M.S. Education, Le Moyne College
B.S. Broadcast Journalism, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication, Syracuse University