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41st Annual Professional Recognition Awards and Scholarship Banquet

April 27, 2019, 6 PM cocktails, 7 PM dinner

at Genesee Grande, 1060 East Genesee St, Syracuse

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CNYCentral's Tom Eschen honored with Newcomer award
Tom Eschen has been a multi-media journalist at CNY Central since February of 2012, reporting on news and sports, while also anchoring sports in studio. 

Tom graduated from Ithaca College’s Park School of Communications in 2011. While at Ithaca, he received a degree in Journalism and played varsity football for four years.

Tom started at CNY Central volunteering as a host for the CNY Central Deal of Day features, and was hired part-time in February of 2012. Tom worked as a part-time reporter for news and sports until July of 2012, when he was hired as a full-time multi-media journalist, once again hired to report on news and sports.

“Tom has a fantastic work ethic and has proven to be extremely versatile,” said Rae Fulkerson, vice president of news at CNY Central. “He comes in every day prepared to handle whatever he’s assigned to, whether it’s putting together a sportscast or covering live breaking news. Plus, he does all this with a great attitude. He’s extremely calm under pressure, especially for someone his age. In just a little over a year, he’s gone from college grad to part-time multi-media journalist (who literally did a little bit of everything) to our newest weekend sports anchor. In that time’s he’s also proven to be a great team player who is willing to help out wherever needed.”

In his time at CNY Central, Tom has covered news events like the Tully Burger King fire on Feb. 7 of this year, Baby Easton reuniting with his family for the first time in Syracuse, and most recently, the Syracuse basketball team making the Final Four.

Tom grew up a few blocks away from CNY Central headquarters in Eastwood, going to St. Matthew’s School as a child. He then moved and went to high school in Cazenovia, where he won a Section III title as a captain of the football team. Tom has three sisters, and his mother and father, Mary and Tom Sr., still live in Cazenovia today.


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Wall of Distinction

Joan Vadeboncoeur


Herald American

Joan E. Vadeboncoeur, went to work at The Post-Standard as a reporter immediately after graduating from Sarah Lawrence College. But since she already had several years experience in theater work, she was a natural choice years later when the job of entertainment writer-editor opened at the Herald-Journal.
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