OSWEGO — A glittering lineup of media celebrities will take the stage for SUNY Oswego’s 10th annual Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 16, in a larger venue than ever before.
The Marano Campus Center arena and convocation hall will host the event, providing seating for up to 1,300 from the campus and community to watch live as Al Roker, Charlie Rose, Connie Schultz and Dennis Thatcher respond to panel moderator Ken Auletta’s incisive questions during a discussion titled “Is the Digital Revolution a Blessing or a Curse? Or Both?”
Admission will be free and open to the public. Parking for the media summit will be in the large lot serving the college’s Romney Field House along State Route 104 at Sheldon Avenue. A shuttle will transport visitors to the Marano Campus Center about every 15 minutes. The media summit also will be streamed live from the college’s home page, oswego.edu.
Roker, as co-anchor, feature anchor and weather forecaster for NBC’s “Today,” greets more than 30 million viewers each week. The 1976 SUNY Oswego broadcasting graduate is a 10-time Emmy Award winner and co-host of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rose Bowl Parade. His thriving multimedia company, Al Roker Productions, is involved in development and production of network, cable, home video and public television projects.
Rose, a world-renowned broadcast journalist and media personality, is anchor and director of “Charlie Rose,” a nightly one-hour program on PBS. He also co-anchors CBS TV’s “This Morning” and is a contributing correspondent on “60 Minutes.” Earlier in the day, college President Deborah F. Stanley will bestow an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the State University of New York on Rose, who has produced countless hours of engaging interviews with global personalities.
Schultz won a 2005 Pulitzer Prize for commentary with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and now is a nationally syndicated columnist. She is a regular essayist in Parade magazine in Sunday newspapers across the country. In addition to the Pulitzer, she won the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for commentary, the National Headliner Award for commentary, the Batten Medal and the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Social Justice Reporting.
Auletta, a 1963 graduate of SUNY Oswego and for 22 years a columnist for The New Yorker magazine, is the author of 10 books, four of them national bestsellers, most recently “Googled: The End of the World As We Know It.” He has profiled leading figures of the Information Age, from Bill Gates to Rupert Murdoch. The Columbia Journalism Review concluded, “No other reporter has covered the new communications revolution as thoroughly as has Auletta.”
Thatcher, president and treasurer of Cleveland-based Mission Broadcasting since 2011, will round out the distinguished panel. Starting in the sales department of a CBS affiliate, Thatcher rose through the ranks, and in 1985 was recruited as general manager of a Malrite television station, WOIO. After stops in Chicago and Texas, Thatcher returned to Cleveland in 2004, joining Mission Broadcasting originally as executive vice president and chief operating officer.
After the panel presentation, media industry leader Louis A. Borrelli Jr., a 1977 alumnus of SUNY Oswego and founder of the media summit in 2005, will receive the Presidential Medal from Stanley for his achievements and outstanding service and generosity to his alma mater. Now chief development officer for NimbleTV, the entrepreneur and award-winning media executive and Roker named the summit in 2007 after a beloved professor they shared.
The summit includes classroom appearances by panelists and a team of alumni “career connectors.” This year’s career connectors — all recent SUNY Oswego graduates — include Jeremy Donovan, sports director for WICZ-TV Fox 40 in Binghamton; Derek Dunning, director of sports information for Norwich University in Vermont; Cameron Jones, operations coordinator for ABC’s “Good Morning America”; Shea O’Connell, executive assistant and production associate for VH1’s production management events department; Stephanie Sweeney, public relations coordinator for Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado; Kate Wilcox, account executive for Butler/Till in Rochester; and Jeanne Yacono, marketing and communications manager for Young Entrepreneurs Academy in Rochester.
For more information on the 10th annual Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit, visit www.oswego.edu/mediasummit or the student-run site www.mediasummit.org.