Syracuse University and the Newhouse School are renowned for turning out talented and successful sports professionals in all media, and the Sports Media Center builds on that reputation, connecting alumni, faculty and current students through their sports journalism skills and passion for the profession.
The center provides oversight for the school’s sports media and communications emphasis, a specialized track for graduate and undergraduate students in the broadcast and digital journalism; magazine, news and digital journalism; and television radio and film programs.
The Sports Media Center also collaborates with on-campus sports media and strengthens academic-industry partnerships through special events, guest lectures and an advisory board of professionals in sports media.
Associated faculty members serve as experts on issues in the field, while veteran television sports producer and professor of practice Olivia Stomski ’01 is the center’s director.
Today’s Syracuse University students pursuing careers in sports media are part of a tradition that goes back more than 75 years. The great sportscaster Marty Glickman ’39 is recognized as the “godfather” of a long line of SU sports media professionals that includes:
Many more illustrious alumni work not only in sports broadcasting but also in sports writing, editing, production and management, at both the national and local levels.
Students in the sports media and communications emphasis have covered the Syracuse Chiefs (AAA baseball) and have written columns focused on Major League Baseball, the National Football League and Mixed Martial Arts. Students also work with the Syracuse Crunch (American Hockey League) and the ACC Network.
Newhouse School graduate students in the sports media and communications emphasis serve as credentialed reporters covering Syracuse University teams. Their stories appear in text, photo and video format, and they also contribute to campus media outlets covering sports. Students have covered SU football, cross country, basketball, crew, lacrosse and more.
When you look to the top of the sports broadcasting profession you see Syracuse alumni everywhere you turn: from NBC’s Bob Costas ’74 and Mike Tirico ’88 to Marv Albert ’63, the Voice of the NBA, plus ESPN’s Sean McDonough ’84, Dave Pasch ’94, Dave O’Brien ’86 and Beth Mowins G’90 and CBS’ Ian Eagle ’90.
Former SU football and basketball stars such as Daryl Johnston ’89, Don McPherson ’88, Donovan McNabb ’98 and Leo Rautins ’83 have moved into the broadcast booth.
SU alumni are play-by-play voices for the Boston Red Sox (Dave O’Brien ’86 and Joe Castiglione G’70); San Francisco Giants (Dave Flemming G’99); Minnesota Twins (Cory Provus ’00); and Houston Astros (Robert Ford ’01). Personalities such as Bill Roth ’87 (Virginia Tech), Tony Caridi ’84 (West Virginia) and SU’s own Voice of the Orange Matt Park ’89 call games for Division One college programs.
SU alumni in sports media have always been willing to mentor Newhouse students. Whether returning to campus to speak and meet with the next generation of sports media professionals, taking virtual meetings, critiquing demo reels and clips or helping students make internship and job contacts, Orange alumni are always there. The Sports Media Center helps make those connections between students and alumni.