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Meet the News Team

Bob Towey Bob Towey - News Director
Home State:
NJ
Major: Journalism and Finance
About: From a young age, I knew I wanted to work in broadcast journalism, but I never had the opportunity to gain experience on air until I reached college. I grew my passion for reporting by covering high school sports for my local paper through high school, but working my way up through WSOU has given me an unparalleled chance to further my interests in both news and sports broadcasting. Now, I give a weekly newscast; anchor and produce WSOU’s weekly news show, Pirate News Desk; offer play-by-play and color commentary for all Seton Hall sports; act as a host and panelist for WSOU’s weekend sports talk shows; and travel to attend events and conduct interviews as a member of the press. Working with Seton Hall’s Pirate TV and Pirate Sports Network has also given me a chance to call games and anchor broadcasts from in front of the camera. Outside of broadcasting, I am an avid fan of the New Jersey Devils, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Broncos, and New York Yankees. I enjoy fishing, hiking, photography, and kayaking, and I avidly follow political, business, and sports news. 
Ideal career after college: After college, I want to work in broadcast journalism on television or radio. I would love to find a career as a news anchor, or as a play-by-play commentator for hockey, football, basketball, or baseball.
Ronny Castaneda

 
Ronald Castaneda - Assistant News Director
Home State: 
New Jersey
Major: Journalism
Minor: Visual Sound Media
Year:  Sophomore
About: I joined WSOU in the Fall of 2018 to improve my news reporting and gain a better idea of the field where I hope to start a career in television anchoring. I am a member of the sports and news departments, which piqued my interest from the moment I became a staff member. My passion for the numerous sports this university has to offer and the privileges given to me from the news department have made my time here at WSOU memorable in only my first year! Go Hall!
Ideal career after college:  On-Air Sports/News Anchor

Rob Ruszkowski

Robert Ruszkowski - Assistant News Director 
Home State:
 New York
Majors: Visual and Sound Media 
Minors: Journalism and Interactive Multimedia
Year: Junior
About: Aside from being a Newscaster at WSOU, I am also the current Executive Producer of Pirate TV and the Director of Operations for the Student Activities Board. Since my freshman year, I have been very involved in both WSOU and Pirate TV as I have risen through the ranks of Assistant Producer and Producer-in-Training, respectively. When I am not focusing on schoolwork or extracurricular clubs, I enjoy watching movies, playing video games, and spending time with my girlfriend, Amanda.
Ideal career after college: A Television Producer at a national News or Entertainment channel (NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, etc.). I’ve always dreamed of working on a Late-Night Talk Show or an Evening News Show. 

Liam Plate

Liam Plate - Assistant News Director 
Home State:
 Pennsylvania
Majors: Visual and Sound Media
Minor: Sports Media
Year: Freshman
About: I fell in love with broadcasting at my high school when I participated in the TV Club and when I became the inaugural student broadcaster for our Sports Radio. I came to WSOU for sports staff, but I gave news a try and I really enjoy it. I look forward to my news shift every week and I am always excited to bring people news from all over New Jersey and the country. 
Ideal career after college: Sports Broadcaster

Louis Ciabatoni

Louis Ciabatoni - Assistant News Director 
Home State:
New Jersey
Major: Diplomacy
Minor: History
Year: Freshman
About: Ever since I was little I wanted to be on the radio. Something about the larger than life personalities and the joy music brings people made me want to be the guy in the booth. I originally joined WSOU to try and become a DJ because I thought it would be fun, but I’ve found newscasting to be a lot of fun so far too. 
Ideal career after college: After college, I want to work as a Foreign Service Officer working in a foreign embassy.  

Faith Kessler

Faith Kessler - Soical Media Manager
Home State: 
Virginia
Major: Communications
About: I joined WSOU just out of interest in DJing, but after a semester of newscasting, I found that I really enjoy the news aspect of radio. My favorite topics to report on are local stories and technology news.
Ideal Career after college: Communications position in the music industry.

Wilnir Louis Wilnir Louis 
Home State: 
New Jersey 
Major: Sports management and Marketing
About: I grew up with my father always listening to 1010 WINS for traffic and news reports. I joined WSOU for mostly sports broadcasting. However, as I dove more into WSOU and started to dabble in everything that they have to offer, news casting became one of the main things that I enjoy doing for the station.
Ideal career after college: After college, I would like to stay somewhere in the sports industry. Nevertheless, I am open to many options. 
Jillian Fitzpatrick

Jillian Fitzpatrick - Tech Ops Director
Home State: 
New Jersey
Majors: English, Creative Writing 
Minor: Political Science 
Year: Senior
About: I’ve always thought working in radio would be cool, but actually going on the air at WSOU has really opened my eyes to all of the possibilities in the field! I have a great time newscasting, along with working with the music at the station, and going to the Presents shows we host. In my spare time, you can find me listening to the band Dawes, hurting my brain reading something by Thomas Pynchon, watching videos of Alessandro Cortini playing synths, or practicing guitar. 
Ideal career after college: I’m still figuring it out, hopefully something in music!

Kali Diamond

Kali Diamond
Home State: New Jersey
Major: Visual and Sound Media Production
About: I never envisioned myself working at a metal station, but stumbling upon WSOU was definitely one of the best things to happen to me in college! This station has helped me branch out, gain new experiences, and ignite my interest in radio. Some of my favorite things are dogs, The Office, and writing television scripts!
Ideal Career after college: Having a seat in a TV Writer's room!

Chris Russo Chris Russo
Major:
Visual and Sound Media/ Pre- Law
About: I have been interested in broadcasting since at least the fifth grade. I was a PA announcer for about a half dozen of my high school teams. I have worked since my first year at WSOU as a DJ and sportscaster in addition to my Russo duties. I have co-written a weekly baseball article with Ed Lucas for the Jersey Journal since March 2018, and I have worked as an intern at newscasting Integrated Communications since May 2018.
OnDeck career after college: Play-by-play hockey announcer for MSG or NBC Sports.
Sabrina Saroza Sabrina Saroza
Major:
Visual and Sound Media with a concentration in TV production, Criminal Justice
About: I'm from Rahway, NJ and joined WSOU with the hopes of one day being on Under the Stars. However, I recently developed a love for metal after only a few shifts. I hope to one day publish my own book, produce my own television show, or both.
Ideal career after college: Producer at newscasting, Content Creator at Netflix.
Anam Aziz

Anam Aziz
Home State: New Jersey 
Major: Biology
Year: Freshmen
About: I love music, photography, and writing. I taught myself how to play the piano. My favorite band currently is Ice Nine Kills, but I am open to all sorts of music. I have two brothers, one older and one younger. I travel frequently and I absolutely love learning about different cultures and foods. 
Ideal career after college: I want to be a neurosurgeon or neuroscientist. 

Anthony Rodriguez

Anthony Rodriguez
Hometown: Guadalajara, Mexico
Major: Chemistry (ACS)
Year: Sophomore
About: I was born in Mexico, but I grew up in Morristown, NJ, and that is where I currently live. I love playing guitar and piano. Music is a big part of my life for sure, which played a large part in my decision to join WSOU. Safe to say I’m very glad I made that decision.
Ideal career after college: My ideal career after college would be a starter job in the field of inorganic chemistry, maybe in drug development, industry, or research.
 

Ben Harris


Ben Harris
Home State: 
Ohio
Major: Journalism
Minors: Sports Media, Visual & Sound Media
Year: Freshman
About: I am a big sports fan, especially of the Giants, Yankees and (unfortunately) the Knicks. I am very invested in hip-hop culture and am a co-host on WSOU’s hip-hop and R&B specialty show, “Watchu Been Missin” on Sunday nights from 10 pm until midnight. I do news to help inform people on both the serious and not-so-serious events happening in their communities and country. 
Ideal career after college: Either writing about sports and/or music, doing something in social media or podcasting.


 

Cameron Thomas

Cameron Thomas
Home State: California 
 Major: Communications
Minor: Business Management 
Year: Sophomore
 About: Inspired and galvanized by legendary broadcasters such as Wendy Williams, Howard Stern, and Oprah Winfrey, I decided to leave home in California to begin my pursuit of on-air reporting at WSOU. Loquacious and inquisitive by nature, I aspire to utilize the medium of radio and eventually television to tell stories, entertain, and overall provide quality content to the masses. 
 Ideal career after college: Broadcaster/ Media Personality 

Dalton Allison

Dalton Allison
Home State: 
New Jersey
Majors: Visual and Sound Media
Minor: Sports Media 
Year: Sophomore
About: After living in Byram for my whole life, I am going back to where my family planted their roots. My parents grew up in Newark, so it only seems right to go back to the area where they came from. Although I am studying media at Seton Hall, I studied Culinary Arts for four years at Sussex County Technical School.
Ideal career after college: My ideal career would be to host a show that melds the worlds of sports and news, much like an Outside the Lines style show.


 
 

Elliott Petrilla

Elliott Petrilla
Home State: 
Pennsylvania 
Majors: Double Major in Theatre and Music-Sound Production and Engineering 
Year: Sophomore
About: I was born in Pennsylvania in 1999 at the tender age of zero. Growing up in a small hick town, my only sources of entertainment were listening to the radio and herding cattle. Luckily, after receiving a large scholarship from Seton Hall, I surpassed the latter activity and is now reporting for WSOU News. When I’m not slaving over 24-7 News Source, I can be found working as an intern at The Maury Povich Show through NBC as well as a Resident Assistant on campus. In the little free time he has, I enjoy performing on stage, writing, video editing, sleeping, and avoiding any and all responsibilities for as long as possible. 
Ideal career after college: After graduating from Seton Hall, I want to be happy.

Ellen Paul Ellen Paul
Home State: Arizona
Major: Communication
Year: Freshman
About: I came to Seton Hall for a new experience on the east coast, and with hopes of getting an internship at some point in New York. As well as working at WSOU, I am also a part of the University’s honor program and play cello in the orchestra. 
Ideal career after college: I don’t know yet, I’m still trying to figure this out!
 
Jose Balderrama

Jose Balderrama
Hometown
: Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico 
Major: Journalism
Minors: Sports Media, Business Administration
Year: Sophomore 
About: I am a sophomore here at Seton Hall who is just starting up at WSOU. I was born in Mexico and I have lived in three different countries throughout my life. I am very passionate about sports and hope I can be part of the sports media industry in the future.
Ideal career after college: Ideally, I would love to be a sports analyst for ESPN or work in the front office of the Phoenix Suns organization. 
 

Julie Devoti

Julie DeVoti
Home State: 
New Jersey
Major: Public Relations
Year: Junior
About I like exploring different opportunities and working at WSOU is one of the best choices I have made. Initially, DJing appealed to me but after newscasting for a few months I found I also enjoy being able to write and read news. Other activities I enjoy are watching college basketball (Go Pirates!), watching MLB (Go Yankees!) and going to the beach.
Ideal career after college: A career in the public relations field in either the pharmaceutical or entertainment industry.

Katerine Patton

Katherine Patton
Home State: 
New Jersey
Major: Marketing 
Year: Freshman
About: I joined WSOU because I enjoy the music and have an interest in being a DJ. However, after a few weeks of newscasting I’ve really developed a passion for news. I like covering local stories along with reporting on sports and traffic. Outside of WSOU I’m part of the Seton Hall Pep Band. I also enjoy hanging out with friends, working out and reading. 
Ideal career after college: After college I’d like to work in market research and consumer behavior.  

Michael Daly

Michael Daly
Home State: 
New Jersey
Majors: Visual and Sound Media
Minor: Sports Media
Year: Freshman
About: I enjoy broadcasting because it allows me to be a messenger of news for people. The reason why I love being on air is that I am able to improve each and every time by listening back to previous broadcasts. Working at WSOU gives me the opportunity to work in sports and news, which diversifies my broadcasting experiences. I enjoy helping people and by working in radio, I believe that I am entertaining our audience in some way. 
Ideal career after college: After college, I hope to get on air as a play-by-play announcer and get involved in the news industry as well. My goal is to be a part of multiple fields in the media industry, whether that is sports, music, or news. 

Piper Warnagiris

Piper Warnagiris
Hometown:
Ivoryton CT, Lafayette CO, Flemington NJ, and St. Charles IL. I moved a lot.
Major:  Business Entrepreneurship 
Year: Freshman
About: I absolutely love hiking and singing. I frequent Renaissance Faires and love anything Steampunk. I love to create new recipes in the kitchen and want to use my love of the business world to open multiple restaurants.
Ideal career after college: I want to start my own Steampunk themed restaurant with everything made from scratch.
 

Rylee Nelson

Rylee Nelson
Home State: 
Florida
Major: Journalism 
Year: Freshman
About: From the time I found out about it, I knew I wanted to work at WSOU. This station has given me the opportunity to gain experiences I could never get anywhere else. I had never thought of working in radio, but since starting at WSOU, I have developed a love for radio. Along with music, I have a love for books, movies, TV shows, and Disney World.
Ideal career after college: Working in either print or radio journalism 

Zach Cooney

Zachary R Cooney
Home State: 
New York
Major: Political Science
Minor: Business Administration
Year: Junior
About: I am from Buffalo, New York and I am a transfer student to Seton Hall. I went to Niagara County Community College after high school, where I completed my associate degree in Business Administration. During my time at community college, I contemplated on where I wanted to study and what I wanted to study after I left. I decided to attend Seton Hall because of the welcoming environment it gives on campus. I decided to study politics because I have always enjoyed the critical thinking that comes with discussion and there is a wide range of careers you can embark on after graduation. I am currently a newscaster and DJ at WSOU, I write for the International News and Money & Investing sections for the Stillman Exchange newspaper, and I also am a member of the Investment Club. 
Ideal career after college: After college, I am not sure what I want to do. I am thinking about possibly going on and getting an MBA, MPP, or law school. My ideal career choice would be to work in the finance field or law. If I can work in radio I would prefer to work in news or politics because I have always enjoyed listening to talk radio and providing breaking news coverage. I do not want to give up radio completely after my time at WSOU but working in finance or law would be my ideal career choice.

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