Kerry Bretti G’16

October 14, 2016

"There are so many successful alumni and with such a great number of them returning as professors, I knew I would be learning how to be the best from the best.”

Kerry Bretti G’16 graduated with a masters of arts in broadcast and digital journalism with a sports communications emphasis. She is now working as a public relations assistant for the New York Giants football team.  

How did you obtain your current position?

A lot of sports organizations post job openings on company websites or sites like Team Work, but the Giants are not one of them. Fortunately, I have a friend with a connection to the senior vice president of communications. After reaching out and asking for any opportunity to help with the team, I had a few phone interviews and landed the job!

How do you feel Newhouse prepared you for your current job?

It’s actually pretty funny that I studied broadcast and digital journalism, but took my first job in public relations. Throughout the school year I came in contact with a lot of PR people while trying to gather information and sources for stories. Some proved to be very helpful in assisting me with getting that information, while others were not helpful at all. I learned how important it is to provide reporters with good information and access because I know what it is like to be on the other side.

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Kerry Bretti G'16

Outside of the classroom, I spent a lot of time covering Syracuse athletics, specifically men’s and women’s lacrosse on behalf of the Newhouse Sports Media Center. I became friendly with the sports information directors for each team and learned about their responsibilities, which are essentially the same responsibilities I have now.

Why did you select Newhouse for graduate studies?

I was interested in coming to Newhouse for undergrad, but my brother was already at SU in the Whitman School of Management and I wanted to create my own path. I went to SUNY Cortland to play lacrosse, but always had the plan to come to Newhouse for graduate school. As a former athlete, I loved that I could graduate with a sports communication emphasis, but what really sold me was the (reputation) of Newhouse. There are so many successful alumni and with such a great number of them returning as professors, I knew I would be learning how to be the best. There is such great honor in the Newhouse name and I wanted to be a part of that.

What was unique about your graduate program?

The different dreams and goals of each BDJ student are what makes our department most unique. In getting to know my classmates and getting to know their interests and end goals, I learned that not one person wanted to do the same thing. We had students interested in being political reporters, others who wanted to go into the entertainment industry.

I was involved in SCE, and everyone in that group had different aspirations as well. Some wanted to do radio play-by-play, others wanted to be NBA sideline reporters. What makes our department so unique is that we were all on the same journey at Newhouse, but now have so many different paths and opportunities waiting for us.

Describe your most valuable/significant experience at Newhouse.

One of the most significant experiences I had at Newhouse was going to see alumna Beth Mowins speak. I had a tough fall semester; the work was challenging, and even more so, I had begun to question whether I had made the right choice going into BDJ, as I started leaning toward PR.

To see a successful alumna talking about her struggles helped me understand that what I was going through was normal. Reminding myself that successful alumni like Mowins, Mike Tirico, Bob Costas and others were once walking through the same Newhouse halls did a lot to keep me confident and working for bigger things.

Is there a professor or class that you would recommend?

Professor Simon Perez was my professor for news reporting II and I would recommend him to everyone. I was in class with Perez when I began to question BDJ. He really helped me push through my struggles and helped me be the best reporter I could be given the circumstances. He truly wants the best for his students and is always willing to help in whatever ways he can.

Best on-campus memory or activity?

Some of the best memories I have are from covering Syracuse athletics. I took pictures from the sideline for all men’s and women’s lacrosse games, as well as some football and basketball games. Being on the sideline is one of the greatest feelings because the atmosphere in the Carrier Dome is always unbelievable. It was really cool to represent Newhouse while doing what I loved. Seeing all of the credentials I have collected over the year brings me back to a lot of happy memories.

What advice do you have for current or incoming students?

I think it is so important for students to get involved in something outside of the classroom. While it might be very cliché, being involved in other things has made my time at Newhouse much more fun. Find something that will bring you closer to achieving your goals or find something that you’ve never imagined yourself doing. Newhouse and SU has so much to offer that you can really make your time here unique by getting involved in different things.