Karen Ali, a 1988 University of Connecticut graduate, discovered her passion for journalism while writing for The Daily Campus. Ever since, she has immersed herself in the journalism world. After stints at the Waterbury Republican-American, The (Danbury) News-Times and Patch.com, Ali now works for the Connecticut Law Tribune in Hartford.
As the CT Law Tribune’s web editor, Ali manages the website, handles the social media accounts, writes and copy edits articles, and takes photographs.
Ali also keeps busy blogging for a wellness website and writing freelance pieces for an indie book reviewing company.
In an email interview, Ali recalls her experience at UConn as a positive one, including the nerve-wracking “sudden death” assignment all j-majors face. Continue reading →
Verrier is responsible for organizing the National Basketball Association editorial content on the sports website while also contributing to blogs, columns and features. In the Q&A below, he talks about his job, his experience as an undergrad at UConn and his advice for aspiring sports journalists.
Ashley Papa works as the guest segment producer for “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson.” The live news show on at Fox News Channel covers topics ranging from general news to investigative reporting to politics. Papa books the various talents for on air commentary and does all the pre-interviews with the guests.
Papa also writes about nutrition, dating and relationships for Foxnews.com’s online feature magazine. She is a 2005 graduate of the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science.
In an email interview, Papa shared insight into her broadcast journalism job as a talent booker and how UConn helped to shape her career.
What is a typical work day like for you?
A typical, non-breaking news day looks like this: I get in around 8 a.m. and leave around 4 p.m. However, I start checking the blackberry as soon as I get up. When I get into the office, I meet with my production team and my anchor to go over the show rundown and guest segments for the day. We talk about the topics we’re covering, I’ll do pre-interviews with them to get their point of view. If it is a satellite interview, I have to coordinate ordering studios, wherever that may be.
Greg Bordonaro landed the top editorial job at the Hartford Business Journal in June 2013. Bordonaro is a graduate of the University of Connecticut who earned his degree in Journalism and History in 2008.
In his role as editor, he oversees the Hartford Business Journal’s award-winning weekly business-to-business newspaper, website and special sections.
Founded in 1992, the Hartford Business Journal serves 25,000+ readers in 61 towns in the Greater Hartford region. Its website – HartfordBusiness.com – is a regularly updated online hub of news and information, providing daily email alerts and a digital archive of articles.
Bordonaro, a West Hartford resident, recalled his experience as a UConn Journalism major in an email interview.
As an education reporter at Politico Pro, Caitlin Emma gets to feed her passion for Washington D.C. politics and policy.
Emma, who graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2011 with degrees in journalism and political science, credits her UConn professors with nurturing her interest in politics and storytelling, and really pushing her toward her career goals.
What else has Emma accomplished and what advice does she have for current journalism students? In an email interview, she offered some highlights.
Journalist Mike Chiappetta has carved out a successful career niche covering the full contact combat sport of mixed martial arts, specifically the UFC. He currently works as a senior writer for FOXSports.com.
Chiappetta earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Connecticut in 1995. “Fun fact: my diploma is signed by former Connecticut governor and convicted felon John Rowland,” Chiappetta wrote in an email interview.
Here are more of Chiappetta’s thoughts about his experience at UConn and the trajectory of his journalism career.