Who We Are

David ChanatryDavid Chanatry is the Director of the New York Reporting Project at Utica College.  Chanatry is a veteran journalist whose career has spanned television, radio and print. He spent 20 years at NBC News, writing and producing news stories for several programs including NBC Nightly News and The Today Show. His work has also appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Day to Day and Living on Earth;  Public Radio International’s The World; BBC Radio News;  and The World Vision Report, and he has been a contributor to The Washington Post and other publications.  He has reported overseas from Kosovo, Albania and the Sudan.  Chanatry spent 2001-2002 as a Knight Fellow in Science Journalism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has served as a judge for the American Association for the Advancement of Science broadcast awards.

Chanatry is an Associate Professor of Journalism at Utica College, where he teaches courses in broadcast news writing and television news reporting and producing.

 

Paul J. MacArthur is the Associate Director of the New York Reporting Project at Utica College, as well as the Chair of the Public Relations and Journalism Department at Utica College.  MacArthur is a veteran of the cable television and radio industries and an accomplished freelance writer. His writings have appeared in more than two-dozen publications, including Smithsonian.com, The Houston Press, Down Beat, Jazziz, Snowboard Trade News, and Skiing Heritage. He is also co-author of The Speech: A Guide to Effective Speaking, and has contributed more than 40 entries to MusicHound Jazz: The Essential Album Guide. MacArthur is also a co-founder of Wrestling Perspective, a website that analyzes the professional wrestling industry. He is currently the Assistant National Contract Advisor and Vice President of External Organizing for the National Writers Union.

Gino Geruntino is a graduate of Utica College, with a degree in Journalism.  He was named to the Dean’s list every semester since he began attending UC in the fall of 2007.  The Raymond Simon Institute for Public Relations honored Geruntino this past spring with the Ed Matesky Award for excellence in broadcast journalism.  In addition to working with the New York Reporting Project, Geruntino is a humor columnist for the Utica College newspaper, The Tangerine, writing a weekly column on popular culture topics.  He is an avid fan of robots and racing.  Geruntino was honored by the New York State Broadcasters Association in June 2012 with the award for Outstanding Feature Story of 2011 for his piece on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The story retraced the fateful day through the eyes of those on duty at the Northeast Air Defense Sector in Rome, the first officials to learn of the hijackings. He also won the Outstanding Feature Story of 2012 for his piece on the anniversary of 9/11.  Geruntino is currently working at NPR affiliate WRVO in Oswego as morning news producer and reporter.

Geoff Storm is an independent radio producer based in central New York. He has produced an hour-long radio documentary, We Were All Incarcerated (www.wewereallincarcerated.com), about the wrongful murder conviction and eventual exoneration of Steven Barnes. He also works in commercial radio as a creative services director, and has received sixteen New York State Broadcasters Association awards for excellence in broadcasting.  Storm holds a B.A. degree in history from Utica College.  His other radio documentaries include FDR in Albany: the Early Fireside Chats and Historical Memory and the Woodstock Legacy, which can be heard at www.geoffstorm.com.

Ted Krueger is a 2012 graduate of Utica College with a major  in  journalism. He won the Ray Simon Institute’s 2012 Ed  Matesky Award for excellence in broadcast journalism and was honored by the College with a Frank E. Gannett memorial scholarship. Ted also was  a four-year member of the Utica College baseball team. Originally from a small town in western New York, Ted spends as much time as possible hunting and fishing. He hopes someday for a career combining his video skills with his love of the outdoors.

Katie Gleitsmann graduated from Utica College in 2012 with degrees in English and Journalism. She worked as a reporter and editor for the campus newspaper and served as editor for the college’s literary magazine. She has had a story published on USA TODAY College website, as well as several articles in the Utica Observer-Dispatch.   Gleitsmann won several journalism awards while at Utica College, including the John C. Behrens Print Journalism Award. She spends what little free time she has with a bowl and a spatula, baking.

Luke Tubia is a reporter with WIBX News in Utica. Luke won the Ray Simon Institute’s Ed Matesky Award for excellence in broadcast journalism as a UC  student and he has interned in the newsroom at WKTV.

Ray Biggs is a December 2013 graduate of Utica College. He majored in Public Relations with a concentration in sports communication. He has spent the last three seasons behind the play-by-play microphone for WPNR 90.7’s coverage of Utica College hockey, and hosts a weekly Division III talk show with listeners in several US states. In addition, Ray has also done freelance work on webcasts for USA Hockey’s 18 and under women’s national team. Ray spent a year as the sports editor of the Utica College newspaper, The Tangerine, and won 2013 Ray Simon Institute writing award in the process.
When he’s not preparing for a game, Ray spends most of his time watching hockey, drinking coffee, and eating Chinese food.

 

 

 

 

 

 Vanessa Maines is a senior at Utica College majoring in Public Relations with a concentration in Sports Communication. She is a winner of the Ray Simon Institute Comorra Scholarship, given to a student who demonstrates exemplary personal and professional qualities. She plays on the women’s ice hockey and lacrosse teams, is the online sports columnist for the Utica College student newspaper,  and covers sports for the college radio station.  Vanessa is also president of the Utica College Student-athlete advisory committee. She hopes to combine her passions for hockey and communications into a career in sports broadcasting

 

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Jon Kealy is studying journalism at Utica College, with a concentration in sports writing. He has previously received a Bachelor’s degree in history from U.C., with a minor in theater arts. Kealy is the recipient of the Ed Matesky Award for students who show promise in the field of broadcasting, and has appeared in numerous stage productions at the College.

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Karita Rawlins is a Utica College senior, majoring in communications arts with a minor in journalism. She is the advertising manager for the college newspaper, The Tangerine, and has served as DJ and host on the college radio station, WPNR. Karita interned at Time Warner Cable News and hopes to pursue a career in the news industry.

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Kevin Montano is a Utica College senior studying public relations and journalism. Kevin works as an intern in UC’s Office of Marketing and Communication and has done on-assignment sports photography for numerous local clients including the American Hockey League. He is a recipient of the Flaherty Award for creativity and the Raymond Simon Award from the Raymond Simon Institute for Public Relations and Journalism.. When he’s not scouring the Internet for good long form journalism to read, he likes to run and spend time hiking, kayaking and enjoying Upstate NY.

 

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Rashida Patrick is a Utica College senior majoring in Public Relations and Journalism. Rashida currently works as Co-Editor-In-Chief of the college weekly newspaper, The Tangerine. In 2014 and 2015 Rashida was honored by the Raymond Simon Institute with the David T. Santora Memorial Scholarship and Award. After graduation in the spring, she hopes to pursue a career in broadcast journalism.

 

Jon Kealy

Jon Kealy