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Lawrence Herbert School of Communication

In Focus

Matt Pieper


Matt Pieper '05 attributes his hands-on-experience inside the classroom for his edge in the Broadcast Journalism world.

"Studio A in Dempster Hall, where we shot News & Views, really helped prepare me and so many other people for the real world. The hands-on-experience is what it is all about," said Matt.  "I looked at schools all over the country before deciding on Hofstra. So many places you needed to have a certain amount of years at the school before you were permitted to touch the equipment. Not at Hofstra. My first semester freshmen year, I was anchoring News&Views and I was writing for The Chronicle.  Being able to do these things, make my mistakes there before getting out into the real world, was a great learning experience."
Matt may have received some hands-on-experience inside the walls of Dempster Hall but he also credits Hofstra proximity to New York City, the "news mecca of the world", for his real life experiences. During his Hofstra career he held internships at CBS News, RNN, ABC News, 20/20, and Primetime and he is currently a reporter/anchor at News 12.