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Newhouse School’s ‘Sports Matters’ symposium will examine current issues in sports media

By Wendy S. Loughlin

February 14, 2017

Syracuse University’s Newhouse Sports Media Center will host Sports Matters, a daylong symposium examining current issues in sports media, on Wednesday, Feb. 22 in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3. Follow on Twitter at #SportsMatters.

John Nicholson, director of the Newhouse Sports Media Center, will open the event at 9 a.m. Newhouse Dean Lorraine Branham will offer welcoming remarks.

The event will include three panel discussions:

9:15 a.m. – Sports as News/How do we prepare for when sports rises to the level of news?


  • Jason Dumas ’11 – Sports director, WHAG-TV, Hagerstown, Maryland
  • Patti Kleinman- Fallick ’78 – Senior director, broadcast operations, United States Tennis Association
  • Erika Wachter ’12 – Sports reporter, Fox 5 New York/ Former field hockey player, Syracuse University  
  • John Wildhack ’80 – Director of Athletics, Syracuse University/Former ESPN executive
  • Simon Perez, assistant professor of broadcast and digital journalism at the Newhouse School, will moderate.

1 p.m. – Taking a Knee—Then What?/How media cover and follow up on societal issues in sports.


  • Ahmed Fareed ’02 – Sports anchor, Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area
  • Dale Hansen – Sports director, WFAA-TV Dallas-Ft. Worth
  • Karl Ravech – Host, ESPN
  • William C. Rhoden – Retired columnist, The New York Times
  • Claire Smith – Coordinating editor, Universal News Group, ESPN/first female recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for baseball journalism
  • Joel Kaplan, associate dean for professional graduate studies at the Newhouse School, will moderate.

3 p.m. – Sports Reporting and Social Media: The good, the bad and the ugly/How do we use social media in our sports reporting? How should we?


  • Cary Chow – Host/anchor/reporter, ESPN and
  • Kimberley A. Martin G’06 – New York Jets beat writer, Newsday  
  • Dave McMenamin ’05 – Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer,
  • Sarina Morales ’08 – Morning host, “SportsCenter,” ESPN
  • Anne Osborne, associate professor of communications at the Newhouse School, will moderate.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nicholson at 315-443-4065 or

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