Wide eyed gazes fell upon Temple Alumnus Richard Leiby when he took to the podium at this year’s end of the year Journalism awards banquet. This much-anticipated event featured Lieby as the keynote speaker. The former Temple News editor is now currently the Style and Arts Editor for the Washington Post.  In addition he also contributes as a staff writer; here is one of his more recent pieces titled, “The rise and fall of Egypt’s most despised billionaire, Ahmed Ezz.” Lieby shared some of his more memorable journalism experiences and also offered insight on the evolving industry. Afterwards Temple Journalism faculty took center stage and presented numerous awards and scholarships to students. I was pretty thrilled to find out I was one of the recipients of this year’s  Ted Von Ziekursch scholarship. This award is one of the oldest scholarships given out and honors Ted Von Ziekursch the former editor of the Philadelphia Daily News. 



Christmas came a little early tonight after I received an email from the Hearst Journalism Foundation stating I placed 5th in this years nationwide journalism features competition! After my 11th place finish last year I was pretty hard on myself and therefore made it a personal goal to finish in the top 10.  Check out the video below to see one of the pieces I submitted to this year’s contest. The following story is on Temple’s own dining hall celebrity. If any of you prospective students ever get a morning tour here at Temple make sure you give a shout out to Andrea, our campus celebrity. Andrea works in the dining hall where you’ll be having FREE lunch following the tour!


This year both the Temple Men’s and Women’s basketball teams punched their tickets into the big dance. Free viewing parties were held for fans to come and cheer on the teams. Unfortunately the men’s team was upset in the first round against Cornell. However the women’s team ended up winning their first round matchup against JMU. Listen below to my radio report I filed after attending the viewing party on Sunday.

Temple University has a chance to make history. And as I found out the fans are confident the owls can get it done.


He’s energetic, enthusiastic, and passionate about what he does. Pretty much Dick Vitale is college basketball’s icing on the cake. I’ve always been a huge Vitale fan which might explain why I’ve got my own Dick Vitale alarm clock that I’ve been waking up to for the past five years. Vitale has been an idol of mine since middle school to the point where I reached out to college basketball athletic directors, and ESPN hoping I could get in touch with the legendary commentator. One day in the middle of my my math class in 8th grade I was called to the office where my mom was waiting with none other than Mr. Vitale himself on the other end of the phone. Looking back I can honestly say that without becoming such a huge Dick Vitale fan I wouldn’t be nearly as passionate about sports…let alone the journalism industry with which I’m pursuing. For my broadcast performance class my professor had everyone create a one minute piece and the goal was to completely disguise your voice. Listen below as I mimic my life long role model Dickie V.

600 WINS!

The wins keep piling up for Temple Women’s Fencing Coach Nikki Franke. Recently Franke won her 600th match which is a tremendous accomplishment in any sport. Now in her 38th year of coaching Franke has transformed the once non existant fencing program into a program that is nationally recongized. Currently the team is ranked 8th in the nation. Listen to my radio report on coach Franke below!

Also take a look at this video story I did for my BTMM class last year on the fencing team here at Temple.


I decided to cover Temple University’s Dress For Success Fashion Show event this week for Temple Update and my radio news reporting class. The radio piece is below so take a listen! Check back after the weekend to see the video package.


Today was a great day to be a journalism student at Temple University. I woke up and arrived to my Temple Update class to find out guest speaker and legendary ABC WPVI anchor Jim Gardner would be visiting. After my Temple Update class I arrived at my Broadcast Performance class to find out WHYY’s Dave Heller would be coming in to critique our classwork. One of the best things about attending Temple University is the location. Since Temple University is so centrally located in one of the 5th largest cities in America guest speakers and adjunct professors can take time out of their busy schedules to educate students.

Jim Gardner has been the head news anchor at channel 6 here in Philadelphia for over 30 years. I got a chance to ask Mr. Gardner about his early career in radio at WFAS Radio in White Plains, New York and he said his time in radio really served him well. Mr. Gardner also commented on the future of journalism and said there will always be one constant in the world and that constant is words. He encouraged everyone in the class to hone their writing skills and read everything we can get our hands on.

Dave Heller from WHYY provided awesome feedback to everyone in my class. In addition to critiquing work Mr. Heller spoke about his career and how he got his start in radio. He said his love for the airwaves began around age eight when he would listen to baseball game broadcasts under his pillow while he fell asleep. This was something I could relate to because I did the same thing when I was young. I would listen to sports game and sports talk radio 610 WIP every night throughout middle school and high school as I tried to fall asleep.