In the field and embracing the spotlight

On campus and off, communications students and faculty are accomplishing great things in their respective disciplines. They break stories both locally and across the globe and develop public relations campaigns for non-profit organizations. They run student media with the same level of professionalism as established radio and television shows and newspapers. 

Finding the right source, angle and word comes naturally to alumni and current students alike. Like their professors, they are gifted storytellers who utilize every medium to craft narratives that are compelling and truthful. When they combine their efforts, the results have been award-winning pieces of investigative reporting and programming.

Each year, students produce professional calibur work, graduates begin their climb in news organizations and advertising firms, and faculty continue to contribute to their fields. Below are just a few examples of their recent work and achievements. This page will be updated frequently as their accomplishments continue to roll in.

Student Spotlight: Sarah Doiron

Sarah Doiron '17 prepares to use a drone as part of a course on new technologies in journalism.

Ready for launch

Sarah Doiron '17 prepares to use a drone as part of a course on new technologies in journalism.

Telling global stories — and changing world views

Sarah Doiron ’17 is well-prepared to cover the world.

As part of an advanced international journalism course, she traveled across Nicaragua to meet with locals and tell their stories using a variety of multimedia resources.

“It was one of the most interesting experiences I ever had,” she said.

One of the most eye-opening experiences she had was when she visited a nursing home and witnessed how differently the elderly are treated there.

“There was a blind man there talking with us about how he didn’t get much help,” she recalled. “He told us about how other people made fun of him and guide him into walls.”

It changed her world-view — and helped her to utilize the many skills she developed during the three investigative journalism internships she completed at Quinnipiac. Coupled with her time as editor of our student-run newspaper, The Quinnipiac Chronicle, she has built an eclectic toolbox of skills and talents.

“I have so many skills I’ve developed over my years at Quinnipiac,” she said. “I have loved everything about my experience at Quinnipiac. The Chronicle has given me plenty of learning opportunities to grow as a journalist, and being editor-in-chief has helped me grow as a person.”

Faculty Scholar: Hilary Fussel Sisco

Hilary Fussell Sisco, associate professor of strategic communication, stands at a podium.

Excellence in education

Hilary Fussell Sisco, associate professor of strategic communication, received the Faculty Scholar for the School of Communications during an award ceremonies in April 2017.

Faculty contributions to the field

Fussell Sisco, of North Haven, was honored for her published work and presentations on nonprofit public relations, crisis communication and work-life and gender issues in the public relations profession.

“This award confirms my identity as both an applied social scientist and a teacher-scholar,” she said. “I am able to move theory to practice with my work for the profession of public relations and the future practitioners in my classroom.”

Before coming to Quinnipiac in 2009, Fussell Sisco was an instructor of record at the University of South Carolina and Radford University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Virginia Tech. She also earned her master’s degree in corporate and professional communication from Radford University. She has a doctoral degree from the University of South Carolina.


News editor Giovanni Mio '15 works at a computer at the Fox 61 News station office.

Prepared for success

Giovanni Mio '15 used the skills he acquired while working in student media at Quinnipiac to succeed as a news editor at Fox 61 News.

Alumni Spotlight: Giovanni Mio '15

Giovanni Mio '15 works at his desk at the Fox 61 News office with television screens on the wall in the background.

Prepared for success

Transitioning into his position at Fox 61 News was easy thanks to the all the technology and resources he was exposed to as an undergraduate in our School of Communications.

Breaking news at the break of dawn

When news breaks in the morning, Giovanni Mio ’15 lets viewers across Connecticut know about it.

As a news editor at Fox 61 News, he is responsible for selecting and editing video that appears on air throughout the channel’s morning newscast — and attributes his success to the hands-on training he received at Quinnipiac.

“I was given multiple opportunities to be an on-air talent or produce a newscast,” he said. “I wouldn’t be working in the news industry if Quinnipiac didn’t present me with the opportunity to become an executive producer or news director as a student.”

He said his communications courses and work in student media taught him the importance of timing and accuracy.

However, his proudest moment came when he was recognized with a national award.

“One of my goals when I was promoted to executive producer of ‘Sports Paws’ was to craft the best collegiate sportscast in the United States,” he recalls. “With a great staff by my side, we were able to make that a possibility.”

The experiences in our Ed McMahon Communications Center demonstrated that hard work pays off — and not to allow any bumps in the road to cause you to veer off course.

Students Earn Edward R. Murrow Award for Hard-News Reporting

Award-winning investigative reporting

Students in Professor Amy Walker’s class earned the prestigious 2016 Edward R. Murrow Award for hard-news reporting from the Radio Television Digital News Association when they created a report on the effects of rising seawater levels on Connecticut communities.

Over two months, 29 Quinnipiac School of Communications students worked with David Iversen, chief investigator for WTNH-TV of New Haven, Connecticut. They conducted interviews and research, and then designed a website to publish their reports.

"​This was an exciting opportunity for our students to get out of the classroom and off campus, and to feel the pressure of professional deadlines," said Professor Walker. "They were able to experience first-hand the challenges and successes of reporting and producing a big, complex story."

Students in Amy Walker's class wade through the water in a Connecticut stream.

Raising awareness

Professor Amy Walker’s class conducts interviews and research for a documentary on the effects of rising sea waters on Connecticut communities.


Student Mat Fortin ’20 stands next to Harry Connick Jr. on the set of his show, "Harry."

Star power

Mat Fortin ’20, left, was one of 12 students to have the opportunity to meet Harry Connick Jr. and get an inside look at the production of the show.

Students Get Inside Look at TV Show Production

Communications students get inside look at production of ‘Harry’ show

Twelve students from the School of Communications got to be more than just spectators at a February 15th taping of Harry Connick Jr.’s show, “Harry” in New York City.

The experience gave the students, all members of the accelerated 3+1 program, the opportunity to observe the many nuts and bolts of media production — and also to take part in the show itself.

Mat Fortin ’20 was selected in the holding room prior to taping to compete a special contest. When Mat was called to the main stage after the first segment, the freshman media studies major was ecstatic.

“When Harry told us that the prize was a trip to New Orleans, I very audibly gasped,” Fortin recalls. “He asked me to repeat the noise because he thought it was so funny.”

Fortin and one other contestant were taken to the street outside of the of the studio, where they decorated cars with streamers, beads and other Mardi Gras-themed adornments. Fittingly, Fortin was the gold team. His car won, earning him a 3-day trip to New Orleans, and tickets to a future taping of Connick Jr’s show.