Broadcast journalist to speak at Honors Convocation

Sharon L. Newman, an executive producer with MSNBC and a 1979 graduate of SUNY Oswego, will speak at the college’s Honors Convocation at 3 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the Hewitt Union ballroom.

SUNY Oswego’s annual Honors Convocation recognizes academic excellence among Oswego’s students. Each academic department selects outstanding students for recognition. This year, 90 students will be honored for their achievements. The ceremony begins and ends with a formal academic procession of robed faculty and administrators.

Newman began her broadcast journalism career while attending Oswego, where she received her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude. She spent the next eight years as an anchor/reporter for public radio in Rochester and Buffalo.

At WXXI-FM in Rochester, she collected more than a dozen state and national awards for her coverage of politics, education and nuclear power issues. At Buffalo’s all-news WEBR-AM, she produced and anchored several award-winning series and became news director in 1985.

She joined NBC Radio in 1987. She reported and produced from both national political conventions in 1988 and was executive producer of NBC Radio’s election night coverage that year.

She later became a Washington-based correspondent for both NBC and Mutual Radio, reporting from Capitol Hill, the Pentagon during the Persian Gulf War and Los Angeles during the 1992 riots. She has chased hurricanes to the Mexican border and covered the 1992 presidential election and the inauguration of President Bill Clinton.

She joined ABC News in 1993 as a producer/writer for “World News Now,” “World News This Morning” and “Good Morning America News.” She was named executive producer of ABC News “World News Now” in 2000 and supervised overnight news coverage of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the ABC Network anthrax scare and the latest war in Iraq.

Newman is currently the executive producer for MSNBC’s Internet-centric program “The Most with Alison Stewart.” Newman joined MSNBC in 2003 as executive producer of “Lester Holt Live” and then became executive producer of “Connected Coast to Coast” with hosts Ron Reagan and Monica Crowley.

Sponsored by the women’s honor society Vega, Honors Convocation is one of the featured events of a week of activities at SUNY Oswego devoted to recognizing academic achievement. Among the many events that week are Quest, the college’s annual symposium of presentations by faculty and students of their research and creative projects, on April 18, and ceremonies inducting students into various honor societies or recognizing their accomplishments, including listing in the national directory “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.”

Newman will also participate in the college’s Alumni-in-Residence program that week, speaking in classes about her path to success in broadcast journalism.

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(Posted: Apr 05, 2007)