Brad Vivacqua, Josh Cradduck to host 2023 Syracuse Press Club Awards

SPC is delighted to share Brad Vivacqua of Spectrum News 1 and Josh Cradduck of NBC News will host the Syracuse Press Club Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 6, 2023!

Brad Vivacqua is a longtime reporter at Spectrum News 1 in Syracuse. He’s an award-winning journalist who has been in the Central New York TV market for 19 years. While he’s covered everything from breaking news to features, he has also worked on a number of special projects that include helping senior citizens, profiling great dishes at local restaurants, and high school football profiles. He also loves local events and is sometimes referred to as a “human calendar” as he is great at keeping track of dates for preview stories. Brad keeps a log of every story he does while he also loves the spontaneity of presenting a smooth live shot without much time to prepare. Brad has a positive connection with the community while he’s a personable guy who loves to lift people up. He wears many hats at Spectrum News and can often be found doing sports segments or filling in on the anchor desk. 

As a reporter, he’s been able to travel to a few dozen sites across the country following fans to big Syracuse University tournament and bowl games. Some of his favorite memories include his coverage of the Papal visit in Philadelphia PA (2015) and two Final Fours in Atlanta, GA (2013) and Houston, TX (2016). 

Brad is a 2004 graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University where he occasionally serves as an adjunct instructor. The CNY native from Frankfort, N.Y. loves to volunteer with local organizations and serves as an emcee at many charity and school events. He’s an avid runner and current member of the Lake Effect Run Club and Syracuse Track Club. He’s competed in half marathons all over the country and has 23 Utica Boilermaker Road Races under his belt. 

Josh Cradduck is an Emmy-winning senior assignment editor for NBC News, based at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.  In this role, he primarily coordinates news gathering with the Today Show, along with MSNBC and streaming platform NBC News Now. Josh recently won a National Emmy as part of the network’s team coverage of January 6th. 

He was previously the assignment manager for Spectrum News in Syracuse, where he worked for 12 years. Josh helped the station cover everything from the Erin Maxwell investigation to the deadly Richland fire; from the American Civic Association mass shooting to the Bernie Fine scandal and every election night, blizzard, flood or fire in between. He also served as the station’s NYS Fair planning coordinator for nearly a decade. Josh was proud to miss just one day of work during that 12 year span (much to the chagrin of Bill Carey). 

During his time in Central New York, Josh served on the Syracuse Press Club board of directors for a decade, becoming president in 2013 and serving six consecutive terms until 2019.

Josh is a 2008 graduate of the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College and is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse. 

We are so grateful to Josh and Brad for leading the SPC award ceremonies in May! Brad previously hosted this event in 2018, and Josh coordinated the planning of seven award banquets (!) during his SPC presidency. We’re all in great hands.

Planning to attend? Be sure to get your dinner tickets before April 15.

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