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  • Yahoo hires Business Insider’s Hunter Walker

    Hunter Walker, the politics editor at Business Insider, will be a national correspondent at Yahoo News, the online outlet said Friday.

    Walker, who joined Business Insider in February 2014, will focus on covering the Hillary Clinton campaign, according to a statement from Becky Auslander, director of corporate communications for Yahoo Media.

    The news was first reported in Playbook, Mike Allen’s daily political news tipsheet.

    Before Walker joined Business Insider, he was a national affairs reporter at TPM, a senior editor at the New York Observer and a reporter at The Daily.

    He starts Monday. Read more

  • Career Beat: Tom Seeley named SVP of digital media at The Hollywood Reporter

    Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

    • Kate Glassman Bennett is leaving POLITICO. She is a gossip columnist there. (The Washington Post)
    • Saba Hamedy is now digital entertainment reporter at Mashable. Previously, she was a reporter at the Los Angeles Times. (Email)
    • Tom Seeley is now senior vice president of digital media at The Hollywood Reporter. Previously, he was vice president of editorial for NBC Sports Digital. (Email)
    • Erin McClam is now senior political editor at Fusion. Previously, she was a senior writer at NBC News. (Email)
    • Dafna Linzer is now managing editor of politics for NBC News and MSNBC. Previously, she was managing editor of (NBC News)
    • Hunter Walker will be a national correspondent at Yahoo News.
    Read more
  • Front page of the day: Run, Chicago, run

    The front page of the day for Friday comes from Chicago’s RedEye. On Sunday, runners will gather for the Chicago Marathon. According to the marathon, it started in 1977 and was then known as the Mayor Daley Marathon. 4,200 runners participated. Runners World says about 45,000 runners will take part this year. Via Newseum:


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Remembering Bill Carey
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Sunday, 09 August 2015 15:48



SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Bill Carey, the hard-nosed reporter and former news director, known to generations of Central New York radio listeners and television viewers as the "Voice of Syracuse," died Friday night at Sloan Kettering cancer Center in New York. He was 61. He had been battling lung cancer since his diagnoses in October 2013. 

The Syracuse Press Club is deeply saddened by the news of Bill Carey's passing. The board of directors extends its warmest sympathies to Bill's wife MaryEllen and their three children.  A long list of the young people who got their first break in the business under Bill now populates the media in Syracuse and across the country. We join them in remembering and honoring one of the greatest reporters Central New York has and will ever know.

Bill is a Press Club Wall of Distinction honoree and is a recipient of the Syracuse Press Club’s Bliven-Ganley-Rossi Career Achievement Award. He had won three Emmys, six RTNDA Murrow Awards and dozens of awards from the Syracuse Press Club and New York Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

Bill’s career began in radio in at WMBO, in Auburn in 1971. He joined WHEN radio in 1974, and by 1976 he was the news director. This was a time when there was a fierce competition between the then independently owned WHEN and WSYR radio newsrooms. Bill led his young staff in often beating his competitors in radio and TV, and led them to numerous awards.

He expected excellence of his staff and of himself. It's late October, and it is test time in the WHEN radio newsroom. News Director Bill Carey is quizzing his staff of young reporters on their homework. They’ve been assigned the task of learning the contents of a loose-leaf book filled with radio scripts, newspaper clippings and other background information about the candidates on the ballot for the coming election. Bill wants his staff to know what they are talking about on election night and is making sure they are prepared.


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Wainwright Named Permanent WSYR Host
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Monday, 20 July 2015 20:10

According to iHeartMedia, Mark Wainwright has been named permanent Morning Drive Host at Newsradio 570 WSYR.

Wainwright did his first morning show at 570 WSYR in March of 2013, and soon became the designated fill-in host for veteran morning personality, Joe Galuski. When Joe was diagnosed with cancer in September of 2014, Mark hosted the show throughout most of Galuski's illness, and continued as a guest host after Joe's death in May.

“Mark Wainwright has become a familiar voice to our listeners and he has developed great relationships with our staff and clients,” said Rich Lauber, iHeartMedia Senior Vice President of Programming.

Wainwright spent more than 25 years as a morning personality, talk show host, and on-air personality at many respected radio stations around the country.

Joe Galuski, WSYR Radio host, Dies
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Thursday, 14 May 2015 11:25
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- CNY broadcasting legend Joe Galuski, who had been battling Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, passed away Thursday morning. Anchor Don Lark, clearly upset, broke the news to listeners during the morning newscast. Galuski had previously dealt with the disease in 1992. He had been off the air since last September, with Main Wainwright and George Kilpatrick filling in as guest hosts. His family said he had gone through seven rounds of chemotherapy and was most recently living in hospice care. The cancer was deemed "untreatable by conventional methods" according to the family's GoFundMe account, which had been set up to help raise funds to pay medical bills.
Joe has been in the business since 1975 and has hosted 570's morning show since 1998. The Press Club sends its thoughts and prayers to the Galuski family.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 May 2015 12:12 )
SPC Announces Award Winners
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 12:38


Syracuse Press Club honors Lazarus, more than 125 other journalists, at awards banquet



SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- WSYR-TV anchor Carrie Lazarus was inducted tonight onto the Syracuse Press Club’s Wall of Distinction and more than 125 other Central New York journalists were honored at the club’s annual awards banquet.

Lazarus was the only journalist inducted this year onto the Wall, a permanent exhibit honoring the top journalists in the region, said press club President Josh Cradduck.

The Wall hangs in the theater lobby at the Onondaga County's John H. Mulroy Civic Center. Induction onto the wall is the highest honor bestowed by the club. About 70 journalists have been inducted.

At the awards banquet at Drumlin’s Country Club, special club awards were given to several other journalists: 

Former / The Post-Standard photojournalist Michelle Gabel was awarded the Selwyn Kershaw Professional Standards Award.

Julie McMahon, a reporter at / The Post-Standard, and Rachel Polansky, a reporter at WSYR-TV, were each named winners of the A. Brohmann Roth Newcomer Award, given to journalists with less than three years of professional experience.

Dennis Connors, curator of history at the Onondaga Historical Association, received the Philip A. Hofmann President’s Award for Best News Source.

More than 150 people attended the annual event that honors winners in the club’s annual Professional Recognition Awards contest for print, radio, TV, online and college student journalists. A full list of the winners is attached.

Two journalists from Central New York were the hosts at the dinner. Award-winning television correspondent Dawn Fratangelo, who is from Savannah, and Fox Sports NASCAR producer Mark R. "Smitty" Smith, of Baldwinsville, served as emcees.

They are the first two journalists the club has asked to return to Syracuse as part of a new initiative called SyracusePRODUCES. The initiative hopes to recognize talented journalists who have emerged from the Central New York area and connect them with current journalists in the area. 

SPC Announces Award Finalists
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 12:33

The Syracuse Press Club would like to thank all of you for entering this year's 37th Annual Professional Recognition Awards Contest. Volunteers from numerous press clubs across America judged the entries and selected first- and second-place winners in numerous competitions in TV, radio, print, online and college journalism categories. Please attend the awards banquet to collect your award or support your peers. In addition to the contest winners, we will honor local journalists receiving special club awards for Best Newcomer, Professional Standards, Scholarship and Best News Source. We will also be adding a well-deserving journalist to our Wall of Distinction. Those winners will be announced soon.

The Press Club’s contest is conducted completely digital by the Better Newspaper Contest under the direction of Eagle Newspapers editor Sarah Hall.
To reserve a table for the dinner, please click here. Our reservations deadline is WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29th. 

Note the names of winners and media organizations are in random order.  We will announce at the May 2nd awards dinner who won first and second place awards 

Read on for the list.

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Karel "Bud" Vanderveer


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Shortly after graduating from Syracuse's Central High School in 1939, Bud Vanderveer joined the Herald-Journal. However, it wasn't until he returned from service with the U.S. Army in World War II that he began covering sports full-time - the career that made him one of the most respected and best-known sports writers in New York State.
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