The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication

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.

  • Mark Bracco

    Mark Bracco ’92 is Executive Vice President of Programing and Development for dick clark productions.

  • Beth Carey

    Beth Carey ’94 is Senior Editorial Producer for HLN’s Primetime Justice with Ashleigh Banfield.

  • Matt Pieper

    Matt Pieper ’05 is an Emmy Award-winning News Anchor/Reporter. As a CBS News Correspondent in New York City, he anchors CBS News Radio for affiliates around the world and also reports for TV, as well as for CBSN, the digital streaming news service.

  • Samantha Manning

    Samantha Manning ’09 joined KIRO 7 / Cox Media Group's Washington D.C. Bureau in October 2019.  She's responsible for covering important developments from Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the White House that impact local viewers.

  • Sophie Krall

    Sophie Krall '13 (public relations) is assistant manager, field publicity and targeted marketing, for Paramount Pictures.

  • David Goldberg

    David Goldberg '89 is President and CVO of Digital Waterworx, which produces radio and television commercials, corporate videos, post-production, live events, and a host of other creative media services. Since its inception the company has worked with an international client base that exceeds 4,000. David can personally be heard as the voice on hundreds of radio and TV commercials including the U.S. Army, Activision, Coors, General Motors and Eli Lilly, and is a prominent voice on one of the leading streaming music services.

  • Shannon Alomar

    Shannon Nia Alomar ’15 is a production assistant for CNN Tonight with Don Lemon. Shannon also plays Queen Nefertiti for the performance company Your Queens and serves as the company's visual content/web director. Read more about Shannon

  • 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

    Based in Los Angeles, Nicole Brajer '12 is Graphics Coordinator for Nightly Pop on E! News.

  • 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 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 at WEAR ABC Channel 3 in Pensacola, FL.

  • Anthony Raffaelle

    Film Studies and Production alumnus Anthony Raffaele ‘01 is Senior Colorist and Supervising Finishing Artist at Technicolor-PostWorks NY.

  • 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 co host of The WALK Breakfast Club with Mark and Jamie on WALK 97.5.

  • Leah Williams

    Leah Williams '10 is a writer for Marvel Comics and BOOM! Studios. She was named the number one pick for breakout writer by Multiversity Comics in 2019.  Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Salon, and Oprah Magazine, and she is the author of the novel The Alchemy of Being Fourteen.

  • Marc

    Michael Haviland '08 is a producer for Sarah Colt Productions 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 a News Anchor/Reporter for WBAL-TV11 in Baltimore, MD.

  • Gillie Houston

    Gillie Houston graduated with a BA in Journalism, and is a freelance writer, editor, and social media consultant with over 100k followers on Instagram @gilliehouston.

  • 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 was screened at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival as part of the Campus MovieFest Short Film Corner.

  • Annik Spencer

    Annik Spencer '14 serves as Senior Account Executive and Publicist at Sunshine Sachs.

  • Pete Guaraldi

    Pete Guaraldi '11 is Special Projects Coordinator for the Suffolk County Police Department.

  • 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 is a self-employed writer, comedian and illustrator

  • 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 journalist and freelance reporter at NBC10 Boston/NECN.

  • Rachel Z

    Rachel Zabinski ’08 is Director for Corporate Communications at Comcast.

  • Stevland

    Stevland Wilson ’00 is Vice President for Production for the XFL and serves as Chair of the Herbert School Dean’s Advisory Board.

  • 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 On-Air Operations Manager at NBCUniversal.

  • Ariana Fin

    Ariana Finlayson ’08 is Vice President, Digital at Marina Maher Communications in New York City.

  • Lance Ulanoff

    Lance Ulanoff ’86 is Editor-in-Chief of Lifewire and Digital Professional in Residence at the Herbert School.

  • 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 Social Media Manager for L'Oreal.

  • Jeff Billings

    Jeff Billings ’08 is a Los Angeles-based Director of Photography for films, television, commercials, and music videos. He is also a graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory.

  • Lauren Brookmeyer

    Lauren Brookmeyer '09, '14 currently serves as Director of Government Relations for Stony Brook University, and is based in Washington, D.C.

  • 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

    Katie Nolan is the Emmy Award-winning host of ESPN's Always Late with Katie Nolan.

  • 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'12, a graduate of Hofstra's MA in Journalism program, is Deputy Director, News Curation at BuzzFeed.

  • 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 writer and director known for Delinquent (2016), Disturbia (2007) and Lift (2013). After graduating from Hofstra, Kieran went on to become a distinguished Directing Fellow at The American Film Institute

  • Sidney Madden

    Sidney Madden ‘14 is the Assistant Music News Editor at NPR Music in Washington, D.C.

  • 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 PR Manager, Influencer Relations at Weight Watchers.

  • Joe Carozza

    As Executive Vice President, Media at 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 Paunescu '09, is is an entertainment journalist and social media expert who has worked for VOX, NowThis, Newsday, and the New York Post.

  • Bobby Bonnett

    Bobby Bonett '09 is Senior Director of Digital Content and Audience at Sirius XM in New York City.

  • Brit DeLillo

    Brit DeLillo ’10 is Additional Editor at Tone-Deaf. She has also worked for Sony Pictures Entertainment, MGM, DreamWorks Animation, and Brave New Films.

  • 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 is the co-author of Producing New and Digital Media: Your Guide to Savvy Use of the Web for Focal Press (2015). He has served as faculty and design lead for the Salzberg Academy on Media and Global Change, is the program director for the New Media Program at Molloy College, and is a Cultural Studies PhD candidate at Stony Brook University.

  • Ryan Broderick

    Ryan Broderick '11 is a Senior Reporter at BuzzFeed, focusing on globalism, platforms, and web culture.

  • Jo Sharon ’98 is Co-CEO of Magical Elves, the production company behind Top Chef, Nailed It!, and 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 at WFTV-TV in Orlando, FL.

  • Marco Will

    Marcus Vanderberg '08 serves as Senior Content Editor, MLB and Audience Growth for Yahoo! in Los Angeles, CA.

  • Veronica de Souza

    Veronica de Souza '11 is Director of Audience Development at The Daily Beast.

  • 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 Tore

    Jackie De Tore ’12 is a News Anchor/Reporter for WPMT-Fox43 in Pennsylvania.

  • Steve Rubel

    Steve Rubel is Chief Media Ecologist 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

    Celia Werner '16,is Lead Videographer and Head of New York Video Operations at Metramedia Broadcasting and owner of Celia Warner Productions, a freelance producing, social media marketing, photography, videography, and editing company.

  • J Bellamy

    Janeita Bellamy ‘08 is a Production Project Manager at BET Networks.

  • Dan Linden

    Daniel Linden '05 is Director of Publishing Strategy (Audience Development) for ABC News.

  • Liv Stanch

    Based in Los Angeles, Olivia Stanchina ’07 an Emmy-winning producer, writer, producer and editor. She is a digital producer and host, original video content, for The Insider and Entertainment Tonight.

  • Jonathan Weitz

    Jonathan Weitz earned his degree in Audio/Radio and currently serves as Senior Manager, North America Communication & Public Affairs, Medical Devices for Johnson & Johnson.

  • Luz Pena

    Emmy Award-winning reporter Luz Pena ’12 is a General Assignment Reporter for ABC News in San Francisco.

  • WRHU-88.7 FM Radio Hofstra University won its third prestigious Marconi Award from the National Association of Broadcasters as the 2019 College Radio Station of the Year.

  • 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 Senior Counsel and Assistant Vice President at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York City.

  • 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

    Rondell Wescott ’03 is Vice President, Integrated Producer at Townhouse.

  • Chris Vaccarro

    Chris Vaccaro ’07 is Vice President, Digital News at Altice USA and an Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Hofstra University. Chris was named to Long Island Business News' list of "40 Under 40" honorees in 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Senior Fashion Writer for She covers general fashion news, as well as the development of fashion in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

  • 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.