For more than 14 years, I walked the halls of the U.S. Capitol as the eyes and ears of the Watertown Daily Times, until the Northern New York newspaper became the latest to close its Washington bureau March 31. But my roots in journalism reach into the halls of SUNY Oswego, where I spent four years as a reporter and editor at The Oswegonian.
The stories are out there: in Brooklyn, in Atlanta, in San Francisco, in Mesilla, N.M., and in tiny Upstate New York towns like Rensselaer Falls.
Each quarter, former WRVO staffer Jasmyn Belcher ’06 produces a month’s worth of weekly segments for broadcast on National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition.” The job requires hours of listening to StoryCorps archives and traveling to find new stories in communities across America.
Jasmyn Belcher ’06 believes that everyone anywhere has a story to tell. It’s just a matter of finding them.
On the seventh floor of an aging West 52nd Street building, on folding tables, corkboards and floors, they are creating.
Above, Debra Schutt ’77 poses with her Emmy award for “Outstanding Art Direction” that she won in 2011.
On Craigslist and eBay, with items from prop shops and pickers, they are setting the scene.
On a laptop, at the fabric store, in discussions that float around this corner of the cavernous floor, they are building a character.
Elias Gutierrez ’09 works behind the scenes, but his work is hardly hidden.
He designs a high-profile line of dresses in the Garment District of New York City. He freelances for Kleinfeld Bridal, made famous by TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” television series. As an intern, he created the jerseys worn by the big-headed presidential mascots who entertain during Washington Nationals baseball games.