Thomas Cafarella selected for SPC Devesty-Williams Scholarship

The Syracuse Press Club board is proud to announce the 2024 winner of our prestigious $2,000 Devesty-Williams Scholarship.

Congratulations to Thomas Cafarella of Norwood, N.Y.!

Thomas is a senior at SUNY Oswego with a broadcast and mass communication major with a minor in political science. He graduated from Madrid Waddington CSD in 2021.

At SUNY Oswego, Thomas joined the student-run TV station WTOP-10. He also worked as an summer intern with WWNY-TV in Watertown (Channel 7), the news channel he grew up watching. His internship was later extended to the fall and spring of his senior year.

“It truly is amazing to be a part of a team like WWNY in Watertown, and it fulfills that childhood dream of meeting and working with the people I grew up watching on TV,” Thomas said.

After graduation, Thomas lined up a full-time position as the Saint Lawrence County Correspondent at WWNY-TV.

“I look forward to serving the communities that I grew up in,” he said. “The passion I have for this profession keeps me putting my best foot forward.”

Thomas thanks his professor/advisor Michael Riecke, the entire WWNY staff, his parents Anita and Tony Cafarella, and sister Emily for their support.

Thomas, we look forward to presenting you with your award (and check!) at the SPC Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 4! Congratulations!

2023 scholarship winner: Allie Elkins of Liverpool, N.Y.

2022 scholarship winner: Moriah Humiston of Rome, N.Y.

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