Newsbreak Spring 2013 Executive Leadership
News Director: Melissa KellyMelissa is a junior here at KU. She is the News Director of Newsbreak (president), and constructs the show and makes sure everything is running smoothly. Melissa has also been an anchor, producer, assistant director, as well as various crew member positions. She has been a part of Newsbreak since the first semester of her freshman year, and previously held the Executive Board position of Public Relations before becoming News Director. She also has been the host of the KU-TV show Between the Lines for two semesters, a side line reporter for the Kutztown Golden Bear football games, Secretary of the National Broadcasting society, and has helped out with KU-TV productions of many of the sporting events here at Kutztown. Melissa is a die-hard Philadelphia Flyers fan, and sports fan in general. She hopes to one day work at a Philadelphia sports station such as Comcast Sportsnet.
Assistant News Director: Kourtney MassaKourtney is from Toms River, New Jersey and a junior at Kutztown University with a concomitant in Meteorology. She serves as Assistant News Director and Vice President, collaborating with Melissa to create a news show that is constantly improving. Kourtney has been a part of Newsbreak since her freshman year, holding positions such as camera operator, audio technician and engineer. She has also produced as well as directed Newsbreak in previous years. This past Fall, Kourtney was also part of the Event and Documentary class, where she worked various positions throughout the semester – in the KU-TV truck and on the field – to broadcast every home game of the Golden Bear Football team. She has also been a member of the National Broadcasting Society since her freshman year and is currently taking on the role of Alumni Coordinator. Kourtney loves the outdoors and the beach and hopes to one day work for National Geographic shooting underwater videography.
Treasurer: Michael Varlotta
Mike, is a sophomore. He is the treasurer of Newsbreak, which means he handles all the money. He has been a member of Newsbreak ever since his first semester at KU. He is also a member of National Broadcasting Society and used to be the communications coordinator. When he he not helping with Newsbreak he enjoys playing the drums, and snowboarding. He works at Bear Creek Ski Resort. Also in his spare time he likes to make video and taking photos.
Secretary: Ali SniderAli is a sophomore here at Kutztown. She is Secretary of Newsbreak and has been a part of Newsbreak since the first semester of her freshman year working as producer, character generator, and camera operator. Ali also works on the KU-TV production Mic Check, and has been a member of the National Broadcasting Society since her freshman year. In her free time Ali enjoys doing pretty much any music related activities, whether it be playing guitar, ukulele, piano, or just listening to music. She also enjoys watching many TV shows and movies.
Public Relations: Haley Bianco
One of the reasons I chose to come to KU was because I was told that as a freshman I could participate and be treated like everyone else. That was a huge deciding factor for me because at bigger schools students have to wait until they are a junior to be involved with programs like Newsbreak. I started Newsbreak my first semester freshman year as the weathergirl and the following semester I was the news anchor. As of fall 2012, I report the “Hollywood Minute” for Newsbreak once a week. I have also produced the show and I have been on E-board for three semesters now. Newsbreak is a place where I have had an opportunity to experiment and to develop as a newscaster and an Electronic Media major. I would recommend Newsbreak to anyone who is serious about his or her career. Oh–and it is very fun and you make a lot of great friends!