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Profiles in Success

LIU alumna Debra Lewis has interviewed Bill Clinton, Muhammad Ali, Nicole Kidman and other celebrities for People magazine.

Journalism Alumni “Find Out How Good They Really Are”

Graduates of the Journalism program at LIU Brooklyn have found success across a broad range of media platforms and professions. A few examples:

Debra Lewis-Boothman worked as a reporter and writer for People magazine for over a decade. She has interviewed many celebrities and important politicians, including Bill Clinton. She recently covered the music beat for People, including pop, reggae, rock and country. Lewis previously worked as an executive assistant at Time Inc. She currently teaches a course in Entertainment Journalism at LIU Brooklyn.

Scott Engel is a nationally-recognized expert on fantasy sports. He is currently a popular radio host on SiriusXM Radio. He previously worked as a fantasy writer/analyst and associate editor at ESPN and as a fantasy senior writer/managing editor at CBS Sportsline. His classmate Andrew Tenn’s career in sports journalism includesreporting on baseball for the website of Major League Baseball. At LIU Andrew won a Freedom Forum—NCAA Foundation Sports Journalism Scholarship, and served as co-captain of LIU Brooklyn’s men’s soccer team.

Danny Calarusso, a distinguished business journalist, is currently executive editor of Reuters Digital, where he heads global programming. He previously held the position of managing editor at Bloomberg TV, managing editor at CondeNast’s, and business editor at the NY Post. His classmate Rocco Parascondola, the police bureau chief at the New York Daily News, is one of New York City’s top crime reporters.

Alexandra Gratereaux was a web entertainment editor and writer at Fox News Latino and host of “What’s Buzzing.” She works as a reporter and on-air talent with celebrities such as Gloria Estefan,Thalia and Andy Garcia. Alexandra previously worked as an assistant news director and contributing producer at WOR Radio. As a student at LIU, the journalism department helped her get an internship with the Brian Ross Investigative Unit at ABC-TV. Her classmate Julia Talanova, works as an associate producer at CNN. As a journalism major, Julia received an all-expenses-paid internship at the Moscow bureau of The New York Times.

Curtis Stephen, a graduate of LIU Brooklyn, currently teaches in the journalism program and advises the campus newspaper. He is a regular contributor to the urban affairs magazine City Limits and has written for newspapers (Newsday) and magazines (Newsweek). Stephen also worked at CNN in Atlanta and WNBC-TV in New York.

The study of journalism opens many professional doors. Alumna Norma Stanley is an Atlanta-based public relations and advertising executive. Donna Hazel’s journalism training enabled her to pursue a career in marketing and advertising with major agencies such as BBDO and Ogilvy & Mather.

Some of our majors have successfully used the journalism major to prepare for law school. These include Joanna Sorocki, who received a Doctor of Law degree from Brooklyn Law School and works as a housing and public interest lawyer. Benil Abraham also studied journalism at LIU before attending Rutgers University School of Law; he has worked as a deputy attorney general in the New Jersey Division of Law.