Here's your chance to network with our distinguished alumni—Aviva Luttrell, Daniel Rodriguez, Frannie Carr Toth, Kori Chambers, Stacey Shackford, Dan Wetzel and Maria Sacchetti—and get some great career tips. Space is limited: The first 100 Journalism majors to RSVP will be able to attend. Dress to impress: business casual attire required! The panel is sponsored by the Howard Ziff Lecture Series Fund. Read more about our panelists, below:
Aviva Luttrell ('15) works in community journalism as a news reporter for the Greenfield (MA) Recorder. She covers the city of Greenfield, including government, business, courts, crime and more. Her stories have included a five-part series on the future of downtown, coverage of a months-long debate on whether to make Greenfield a sanctuary city and an ongoing investigation into the town’s new quasi-governmental internet provider after allegations of theft and mismanagement. She was an intern at the Daily Hampshire Gazette and news editor of the Daily Collegian.
Daniel Rodriguez ('15) is a production associate at NBC News Digital, working with the network's Snapchat news program, "Stay Tuned." Previously, he was a desk assistant at NBC's “Today Show” and a freelance production associate with NBC Sports during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. He interned with the NBC News and MSNBC Assignment Desk, KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, “NBC Nightly News” with Lester Holt and “Dateline NBC.” Rodriguez has an MA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Frannie Carr Toth ('04) is editor of WBUR's opinion page, “Cognoscenti.” She previously was executive producer of “The Emily Rooney Show,” a daily news talk show out of WGBH-FM in Boston, and she was a producer and writer in WBUR’s newscast unit. Carr Toth also has worked for NPR affiliates WCAI-FM and New England Public Radio—as well as Atlantic Public Media, Northern Light Productions and the Radio Foundation in New York City. She has a master’s degree in advertising from Boston University.
Kori Chambers ('03) has been an anchor for four years at PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting’s flagship television station in New York City, where he recently won an Emmy Award for his work as a news anchor. He spent five years as an anchor for “Good Day Chicago” and also has worked as a reporter/anchor in Detroit, Las Vegas and Springfield, MA. When Chambers was a UMass Journalism student, he sat in for a week co-hosting “Live! With Regis and Kelly.”
Stacey Shackford (’99) is a senior consultant for Bioscribe PR and Communications. Previously, she was communications director for the Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. She began her career at the Daily Hampshire Gazette, and then worked as a freelancer in Athens, Greece, and reported for the Press and Journal in Scotland; she went on to the UK Metro and the Ithaca (NY) Journal before becoming a communications specialist at Cornell University. She has a master’s in journalism from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.
Dan Wetzel ('94) has been the national columnist for Yahoo and Yahoo Sports since 2003. He’s covered events and stories around the globe, including college football, the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, NASCAR, mixed martial arts, two World Cups and seven Olympics. He’s also specialized in investigative reporting and crime and court reporting as it pertains to sports. Wetzel has won numerous national writing awards and twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He’s a New York Times best-selling author of six books, has hosted radio shows and podcasts and written several screenplays. At UMass, he was editor of the Daily Collegian.
Maria Sacchetti ('91) is the immigration reporter for the Washington Post and, previously, for the Boston Globe. She won the 2015 French-American Foundation’s Immigration Journalism Award for “The Unforgotten,” a story about the many immigrants missing along the southern U.S. border. Overseas, she covered the refugee crisis in Europe in 2015, the Haiti earthquake in 2010 and traveled to Brazil, Guatemala, Colombia and Ecuador on assignment. She also freelanced from Puerto Rico and Costa Rica. She has a master's degree in Latin American studies/economics, with a focus on immigration from the University of Texas at Austin. At UMass, she was editor of the Daily Collegian.