Yes, there is life –and success — after CCNY. Here, meet several recent graduates from the journalism program:
While a student at CCNY, Joshua Peguero ’10 worked at Reuters, received excellent grades and shined as a contributor to The Campus. After graduating from Columbia J School, he moved to Washington D.C. to work for PBS News Hour. Currently, he is a multi-media producer at a local TV station in Arkansas.
Lourdes Guillen ’10 served as managing editor of The Campus, while also interning for CNN’s Anderson Cooper. After graduation, Lourdes worked as a production assistant for Good Morning America, and later a production assistant and tape coordinator for The View. She’s now an associate producer at CNN in Atlanta.
Josy Salazar ’11 put herself through school as a nanny, and finally quit her job senior year to intern at Televisa. After college, Josy worked at WABC as a desk assistant and NY 1 as an assignment desk editor. She then moved to Al Jazeera as a segment producer. Currently, Josy is a producer for the Today Show.
Shakira Saunders ’11 talked her way into an internship at ABC’s “Seven on Your Side,” during a cattle call for interns in Manhattan. After graduation she moved to Atlanta to work for CNN. She is now a CNN Media Coordinator and Special Events Producer & Researcher.
Chloe Stretchings ’12 is an associate producer at New Day, CNN’s morning show. Chloe majored in ad/PR and minored in journalism at CCNY and interned at Entertainment Tonight. She began as a freelance production assistant and worked her way up.
Yan Kaner started as an intern at NY1 while in high school. While attending CCNY, he worked as a NY1 overnight assignment editor — and led tours of the station for his classmates. Yan is now an assignment editor at WCBS-TV.
Daniel Friedman, ’12, Daniel has always been intensely interested in sports, especially basketball. He was the sports editor for the Campus and also interned at Slam Magazine. After graduation, he became the NBA editor and associate web producer at Sports Illustrated. This spring, he relocated to Colorado to join his fiancee and now handles digital media strategy for the Colorado Rapids professional soccer club. Daniel also takes the idea of “lifting as we climb” seriously: He brought his friend and Campus colleague Ryan Wallerson with him to S.I.
Ryan Wallerson ’13, served as editor in chief of The Campus and received the Guylay Prize for solid leadership and a strong sense of journalistic integrity. He majored in English with a journalism minor and both of his parents also graduated from CCNY. After an internship on the sports desk of the Wall Street Journal, Ryan entered the CUNY J School master’s program in 2014. After a summer interning at Sports Illustrated (thanks, Dan!), he now works at S.I. full time on the West Coast.
Emily Goldblum ’13 received a scholarship to attend the Unity Journalists of Color conference in 2012 as an LGBT delegate, and through hard work and persistence was honored as the convention’s most promising student journalist. After graduation, Emily worked as an advertising planner, but decided to return to journalism and is now finishing her master’s degree in the new social journalism program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She was recently hired full time as assistant managing editor at The Odyssey, an online media content company targeted to millenials.
Natalie Shields ’14 worked on the staff of The Campus as a feature writer, and also interned at the NY Daily News, NY1 and CUNY TV. The following year, she honed her multimedia and social media skills as an intern for the hyperlocal blog Harlem One Stop. Since graduating from CCNY, she is now a correspondent at South South News, the UN’s in house digital news and information platform.
In 2012, Samantha Wendorf ’14 spent several weeks following a classmate, whose home in Far Rockaway was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The result was “Blown Away,” a 2-part multimedia story for The Campus, which won the prestigious College Media Award for multimedia journalism. Samantha created her own degree — a combination of photography, journalism and theater — and is now a production assistant for Soledad O’Brien’s Starfish Media Group.
Ashlee Schuppius ’15, an economics major, joined the staff of The Campus as business manager and immediately cleaned up the books and put the publication in good financial shape. She interned at The Amsterdam News and Harlem One Stop as an advertising and digital marketing assistant. Crain’s New York, a respected business publication, recently hired her as a sales and events coordinator.
Gina Daidone, 15, majored in economics with a concentration in communication and cultures, a minor in journalism. She was very active as a reporter and editor at The Campus — and pitched in anywhere and everywhere. Following graduation, she began as an editorial assistant at The New York Post, and after only a few months, was promoted to reporter. Here are a few of her recent stories.