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Alumni Network of Success

The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication Network of Success


Hofstra alumni are part of a network of successful professionals throughout the industry. Across the country, our graduates are applying what they learned at Hofstra to achieve rewarding careers and shape the future of communications.


  • Michael Notarile

    Michael Notarile '07 is a TV writer with credits on ABC Family's The Lying Game, WWE's Monday Night Raw, FOX'S Rosewood, and Fox's The Resident. He is currently represented by UTA and Circle of Confusion Management.

  • Hillary Needle

    Hillary Needle '89, President of Hilary Needle Events Inc., became president of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication Alumni Association in September 2017. With more than 20 years of senior management expertise in event planning, Hillary was named to the 2017 "Who's Who list of Women in Professional Services" by Long Island Business News, and was selected as a "Long Island Power Women in Business" by the Queens Courier and Schneps Communications.

  • Nicole Brajer

    Nicole Brajer '12 is an entertainment host/reporter for Youtube Networks and works in production for E! Network's Fashion Police.

  • Andrew Rea

    Andrew Rea `09 hosts Binging with Babish a Youtube series with 1 million subscribers, where he recreates tv and film recipes.

  • Gabriela Molina

    Gabriela Molina ’16 is a news writer/associate producer at Fox 61 News in Hartford, CT.

  • Amanda Kenney

    Amanda Kenney '09 is currently an emmy-award winning news anchor at WTAJ News in Central Pennsylvania.

  • Joe Pantorno

    Joe Pantorno ’13 is Sports Editor at Metro New York. As a Journalism major at Hofstra, Joe was a member of The Hofstra Chronicle for four years and had internships at the New York Post and Newsday.

  • Kah-lo

    Faridah Demola Seriki ’13 (Kah-Lo) is nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award, Best Dance Recording for “Rinse & Repeat” - Riton Featuring Kah-Lo.

  • David Ringel

    David Ringel '02 won an Emmy for his work on Super Bowl 50.

  • Lauren Wolfe

    Lauren Wolfe graduated from Hofstra with a BA Journalism in 2016, and is a News Reporter for KXVA Fox 15 in Abilene, TX.

  • Anthony Raffaelle

    Film Studies and Production alumnus Anthony Raffaele ‘01 is a senior colorist at Technicolor Postworks.

  • Ashley Melfi

    Ashley Melfi graduated from Hofstra with a BA Journalism in 2013, and is an General Editor of ESPN's The Undefeated.

  • Kurt Sensenbrenner

    Kurt Sensenbrenner is a 2015 MFA graduate, and his latest film, From Mass to Mountain was named an official selection of the 2016 Harlem International Film Festival.

  • Jamie Morris

    Jamie Morris '07 is a DJ and fill-in morning show co-host on multiple iHeart Media NYC radio stations. She is launching a new morning show on Long Island, the WALK Breakfast Club with Mark and Jamie on WALK 97.5.

  • Leah Williams

    Leah Williams '10 is a writer and filmmaker based in Fort Worth, Texas. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Rumpus, and Forces of Geek. She is the author of the novel The Alchemy of Being Fourteen.

  • Marc

    Michael Haviland '08 is a Producer for Edelman Digital in New York City.

  • Shirleen A

    Shirleen Allicot graduated from Hofstra in 2004 with a BA in Journalism, and is currently the co-anchor of Eyewitness News at Noon, on ABC 7 NY.

  • Andre Hepkins

    Andre Hepkins is an Anchor for NEWS 4 This Morning, KMOV-TV in St. Louis, MO.

  • Gillie Houston

    Gillie Houston graduated from Hofstra in 2015 with a BA in Journalism and is currently the editor for Cherry Bombe Magazine.

  • Heather Cohen

    Heather Cohen `98 is executive vice president of The Weiss Agency, a broadcast talent agency which represents and develops the careers of many of the industry's most successful local and syndicated personalities. She serves on the national board of directors of the Alliance for Women in Media, is a member of the Herbert School's Dean's Council, and has served as President of the school's Alumni Association.

  • Concurrence Movie

    "Concurrence” by Class of 2015 alumni Tom Cassese, Erik Freitas, Evan Crochet, Jenna Scardino, and Joseph Rocco Plescia will be screened at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival as part of the Campus MovieFest Short Film Corner.

  • Annik Spencer

    Annik Spencer '14 serves as Account Executive at CooperKatz & Company in New York City.

  • Pete Guaraldi

    Pete Guaraldi '11 is a Communications Specialist working for Suffolk County Government.

  • Jessica Formoso

    Jessica Formoso ’11 is a full-time bilingual general assignment reporter at Fox 5 News NY and was recently recognized for a NY Impact Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.

  • Max Knob

    Max Knoblauch 14 is Assistant Humor Editor for Mashable in New York City.

  • Sammi Chi

    Sammi Chichester is the executive editor of Revolver, the bi-monthly rock and heavy metal magazine published by NewBay Media. Sammi graduated from Hofstra with a BA in Journalism in 2014.

  • Mike Manzoni

    Mike Manzoni ‘11 is an Emmy Award winning Reporter for WFTV-TV/WRDQ-TV in Orlando, FL.

  • Rachel Z

    Rachel Zabinski ’08 is Vice President & Chief of Staff at Ruder Finn in New York City.

  • Stevland

    Stevland Wilson ’00 is a producer and correspondent with ESPN. He is also President of Landmine Productions.

  • Christine Lubrano

    Christine Lubrano ’96 serves SVP Original Programming at IFC, where she has overseen IFC series Portlandia, Maron and The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret. She also serves as the executive producer of the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which has aired on IFC for more than a decade.

  • Priya Wick

    Priya Wickramanayake '10 is Operations Supervisor at NBCUniversal.

  • Ariana Fin

    Ariana Finlayson ’08 is a Senior Digital Strategist at Marina Maher Communications in New York City.

  • Lance Ulanoff

    Lance Ulanoff ’86 is Chief Correspondent and Editor-at-Large of Mashable. Lance acts as a senior member of the editing team, with a focus on defining internal and curated opinion content. He also helps develop staff-wide alternative story-telling skills and implementation of social media tools during live events.

  • Kara Koch

    Kara Koch '07 is Producer, International Social Impact at Sesame Workshop in New York City.

  • David Corleone

    “Hungry,” a short film by David Carlone ’15, is currently in the festival circuit.  It won Best Short Film at the October Film Festival, was an Official Selection at the Big Apple Film Festival, and will be screened at the New York Independent Film Festival.

  • Jill S

    Jillian E. Sorgini ’08 earned her degree in print journalism and now serves as Content Manager at CA Creatives in New York City.

  • Jeff Billings

    Jeff Billings ’08 is a cinematographer and graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory.

  • Lauren Brookmeyer

    Lauren Brookmeyer '09, '14 currently serves as Director of Government Relations at Stony Brook University.

  • Jeff Preval

    Jeff Preval earned his degree in broadcast journalism and is a News Reporter at WGRZ - Channel 2, Buffalo.

  • Alycia Powers

    Alycia Powers earned her MA in Journalism at Hofstra and is currently an Associate Producer for Inside Edition in New York City.

  • Pete McCarthy

    Pete McCarthy is Host of Sports Zone and Mets On-Deck at WOR Radio in New York City.

  • Katie Nolan

    Public Relations alumna Katie Nolan is the Emmy Award-winning host of Garbage Time on Fox Sports 1.

  • Chris Langlois

    Christopher Langlois '14 is a Morning Anchor for Eyewitness News on WBRE/WYOU (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA).

  • Brittney Boehm

    Brittney Boehm '09 is the Associate Director of Marketing & Public Relations at Rutgers University.

  • Fran Berkman

    Fran Berkman is a graduate of our MA in Journalism and is Team Lead at the New York City branch of Facebook.

  • Alessandra Foresto

    Alessandra Foresto ’08 is the founding editor of POPSUGAR Latina, a vertical of POPSUGAR, the largest independent publisher of women's lifestyle content. Her writing for O, the Oprah Magazine's "Hair Extravaganza" won a 2014 National Magazine Award for Leisure Interests.

  • Kieran Valla

    Kieran Valla ’06 is a filmmaker, writer and director. After Hofstra, Kieran went on to become a distinguished Directing Fellow at The American Film Institute.

  • Sidney Madden

    Sidney Madden ‘14 is the Social Media Manager and Editorial Assistant at XXL Magazine in New York City.

  • Michael Rieger

    Michael Rieger '09 is Associate Director and Video on Demand Technician at CBS Corporation in New York City.

  • Rachel Brueno

    Rachel Brueno '12 earned her degree in Public Relations and now serves as Senior Account Executive for Ketchum Sports & Entertainment at Ketchum Public Relations in New York City.

  • Joe Carozza

    As Senior Vice President, Media, for Republic Records, Joseph Carozza orchestrates and executes PR campaigns for some of music’s top artists like Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Enrique Iglesias, Nicki Minaj and more, as well as leading the media department.

  • Delia Newsday

    Delia Paunescu '09, is a Senior Editorial Producer at NowThis News.

  • Bobby Bonnett

    Bobby Bonett '09 is Director of Content at Sirius XM Radio in New York City.

  • Brit DeLillo

    Brit DeLillo ’10 works at DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, CA, as a 2nd Assistant Editor.

  • Abdul

    Abdul Sada ‘13 earned his MA in Journalism at Hofstra and currently serves as Manager of Partnerships and Operations at UNICEF USA in New York City.

  • Shannon Ferry

    Shannan Ferry '14 is a Reporter at NY1 News.

  • Jamie Cohen

    James Cohen ’04, ’10 recently co-authored Producing New and Digital Media: Your Guide to Savvy Use of the Web for Focal Press (2015). Cohen is the program director for the New Media Program at Molloy College, and is a cultural studies PhD student at Stony Brook University studying media archaeology and digital materiality.

  • Ryan Broderick

    Ryan Broderick ’11 is currently based in London and serves as Deputy Global News Director at BuzzFeed.

  • Jo Sharon ’98 is EVP Development at Magical Elves, the production company behind such hits as Top Chef, Project Greenlight and Peabody Award winning Project Runway.

  • Priti

    In 2008, Priti Malik ‘07 moved to Dubai to work as a News Presenter for Virgin Radio. She’s currently the co-host on The Kris Fade Show.

  • Cameron Kadison

    Cameron Kadison ’03 is a founding partner of Beverly Hills-based Mortar Media, a management and production company specializing in non-scripted TV, branded content, on-camera talent and non-traditional business development. Cameron is the Executive Producer of Hollywood Medium for E!, Nicole & Jionni’s Shore Flip for FYI, Curve Appeal for Centric and Transcendent for Fuse.

  • Sarahbeth Ackerman

    Sarahbeth Ackerman ’12 is a News Reporter/MMJ at CNY Central (WSTM NBC-3/WTVH CBS-5/WSTQ CW-6) in Syracuse, NY.

  • Marco Will

    Marcus Vanderberg '08 serves as MLB Editor for Yahoo Sports in Los Angeles, CA, and is Region IV Director for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

  • Veronica de Souza

    Veronica de Souza '11 is the Head of Audience Development at Gawker Media.

  • Marc Ernay

    Marc Ernay ’88 is Sports Director/Morning Anchor at 1010 WINS and Sports Director at 24/7 News Source NYC.

  • Shannon Hegy

    Emmy-nominated Shannon Hegy ’07 is the main co-anchor at WPRI-TV CBS12/WNAC-TV Fox 64 in Providence, RI.

  • Hofstra has more than 128,000 alumni, who are spread throughout all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

  • 9 Jared Greenberg

    Jared Greenberg ’05 is an NBA TV On-Air Host/Reporter for Turner Sports in Atlanta.

  • Jackie De Torre

    Jackie De Torre ’12 joined York, PA Fox affiliate WPMT in March 2016.

  • Steve Rubel

    Steve Rubel is Chief Content Strategist for Edelman, a leading global communications marketing firm with more than 5,500 employees in 65 cities worldwide. He is considered one of the leading experts on the evolving media landscape and the blurring lines between traditional and emerging channels.

  • Celia Werner

    Batman: Patient Zero, directed by Celia Werner '16, won Best Short at Paradise City Comic Con's Geek Film Festival.

  • J Bellamy

    Janeita Bellamy ‘08 is a Production Coordinator at BET NETWORKS in New York City.

  • Dan Linden

    Daniel Linden '05 serves as Global Head of Social Media, ABC News in New York City.

  • Liv Stanch

    Based in Los Angeles, Olivia Stanchina ’07 is a video producer for The Insider and Entertainment Tonight.

  • Jonathan Weitz

    Jonathan Weitz earned his Hofstra degree in Audio/Radio and currently serves as the Office of the Chairman Communication Manager at Johnson & Johnson. He manages communications strategies that protect and advance the reputation, thought leadership, and visibility of the Chairman & CEO and other senior leaders.

  • Luz Pena

    Luz Pena ’12 is an Emmy award-winning Video Journalist at Univision Communications in San Francisco, CA.

  • For the second consecutive year, WRHU-88.7 FM, Radio Hofstra University, was named the best college radio station in the country by The Princeton Review. The station also won a prestigious Marconi Radio Award in 2014, recognizing it as the top non-commercial station in the United States.

  • Colby

    Colby Itkowitz ’05 is the lead anchor of the Inspired Life blog for The Washington Post.

  • Jordan Thompson

    Jordan Thompson ’09 earned her degree in Broadcast Journalism at Hofstra before going onto law school. She currently serves as Associate Counsel for JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York City.

  • Jen Joas

    Jennifer Joas ’10 is a reporter for NBC Connecticut. She can be seen weekday mornings from 4:30 to 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. on NBC Connecticut Today.

  • Hofstra in LA

    In January 2015, the Herbert School launched its Hofstra in LA program – a week-long career immersion experience designed to connect students to internship and career opportunities on the West Coast, through a series of meetings and activities with alumni and media industry leaders.

  • Christi Kunzig

    Since graduating from Hofstra, Christi Kunzig ’01, 14 JD has become an attorney, a radio personality on 94.3 the Shark, and frequently appears on Fox News and Fox Business Channel.

  • rondell

    In February 2016, Rondell Wescott ’03 joined Grey NY as VP, Producer. Rondell was featured as the May 2014 Alumnus of the Month, and most recently came back to campus in March 2016 to participate as a guest on “Two Weeks Notice,” a senior TV production.

  • Chris Vaccarro

    Chris Vaccaro ’07 is Editor-in-Chief, Digital at The Topps Company, President of the Press Club of Long Island, and an Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University. Chris was named to Long Island Business News’ list of “40 Under 40” honorees for 2016.

  • Maryann Watson

    Maryann Watson ’00 is EVP, Brand Marketing & Communications at PMK•BNC. In 2015, Maryann was named to PRWeek’s “40 Under 40” list.

  • Mike Leslie

    Mike Leslie ’10 is a Sports Reporter at WFAA-TV in Dallas, TX.

  • Jackie Hlavenka

    Jacqueline Hlavenka ‘09 is Associate Vice President at Rubenstein Associates in New York City.

  • Hofstra is the second best school in the nation for media professionals, according to a new LinkedIn ranking system that measures alumni career outcomes.

  • Adrian Saba

    Film Republic has acquired Adrian Saba's (Class of 2010) second feature “El Sonador” (The Dreamer), which premiered at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival.

  • Several national news programs have been broadcast from Hofstra, including CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.” Hofstra alumnus Eli Lazar '91, is Director of AC360.

  • Kenny Porpora

    The Autumn Balloon by Kenny Porpora ’08 of Mesa, AZ, was released by Hachette Book Group in February 2015. Reviews and excerpts of Porpora’s first book have been published by such notable outlets as USA Today, Kirkus and New York Daily News.

  • Liana Satenstein

    Liana Satenstein ’12 is a fashion news writer for Vogue.com. She covers general fashion news, as well as the development of fashion in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

  • John Santucci

    John Santucci ’11 is an Emmy award winning producer with ABC News having served in multiple roles with “Good Morning America” and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” Currently, Santucci is the Senior Editorial Producer at ABC News.

  • Victoria Rossi

    Victoria Rossi '05 serves as Current Events Producer for ABC's The View in New York City.

  • Michael Sorrentino

    Michael Sorrentino ’05 is Founder and Principal at Sorrentino Media, LLC.  Outside of his TV career, an entrepreneurial spirit led him to create a successful smartphone case startup called EyePatch Case.

  • Melanie Morgan

    Melaine Morgan '14 earned her BA in Radio Production and Studies and currently serves as Music Coordinator at Sirius XM Radio in New York City and Board Operator at Fresh 102.7FM.