The Syracuse Press Club is pleased to announce the first of TWO 2021 honorees for the SPC Wall of Distinction. This is the club’s highest honor.
NewsChannel 9‘s chief video editor Shawn Wayson has been named to the Syracuse Press Club’s Wall of Distinction!
Shawn joined NewsChannel 9 in 1996. Over the last 25 years, she has served as a faithful mentor to dozens of young journalists working in WSYR’s newsroom.
Former NC9 reporter Olivia Ugino wrote to SPC about Shawn in 2020:
“I have left the Syracuse market, but Shawn Wayson comes to my mind often. You don’t see her, you might not know her name, but she is the backbone and blood of NewsChannel 9. She is involved in every project, every newscast, and the lives of every staff member. Yes, on air talent is important, but this woman has embodied everything that is good and right about local journalism over her decades-long career.”
Shawn is a Syracuse native who graduated from Nottingham High School before attending Onondaga Community College.
Roger Mirabito recently published a fantastic interview with Shawn about her academic and professional career. In it, he describes how Shawn earned her Humanities degree in 1979, then stayed at OCC for one more year and earn a Radio & TV degree in 1980.
Shawn’s early mentor was a photographer named Frank Rossi who is also on the SPC Wall of Distinction. He told Shawn she “had an eye” for video editing, Mirabito writes. That “eye” resulted in her being offered a full-time position before graduation.
She would transfer from OCC to SUNY Fredonia where, in her final semester, she did an internship at WSTM-TV. She worked at Channel 3 for 14 years, then jumped to Channel 9 in 1996 where she has been the chief video editor for 25 years.
Congratulations on an incredible career, Shawn.
You will have a permanent place on the Syracuse Press Club’s Wall of Distinction, and we look forward to honoring you at our awards banquet on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021.
We will announce our SECOND 2021 Wall of Distinction honoree next week! Stay tuned.
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