In a teaching career spanning 40+ years, Dr. Peter Gershon has won four distinguished teaching awards at the University level. He has directed and produced two documentaries for public television, but his effect on the television industry is much greater, with former students in every facet of television and advertising from NY to LA. In January 2015, he accompanied twelve of the best students in the LHSOC for the inaugural of the “Hofstra in LA” Program, and will be going back in January 2016. He was the LHSOC’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2004 and again in 2015, and has been the advisor to the television productions of H.E.A.T., since 2003.
Kaitlin Purcia, a senior Video/Television an Business major with a double minor in Marketing and Integrated media, is one of the Series Coordinating Producers for the 36th Season of FYI. She is heavily involved in HEAT and is currently serving as the Associate General Manager of the network. Kaitlin loves being in the studio and can often be found stage managing the different shows around the School of Communication. Currently, Kaitlin is working as a production intern at MSNBC. After graduation, she is hoping to continue her work in news or production development.
Sarah Bazzoli, a senior Video/Television and Film major, is one of FYI’s two show series coordinating producers this season. She is currently producing HEAT’s news broadcast, Hofstra Today, and directed this years 19th Annual Live from Studio A. She has held internships with Nickelodeon, Nutmeg, and Live with Kelly and aspires to be a television producer, director or video editor in the near future. When she’s not in the Newshub helping her peers, she can be found jamming to country music in her room, while catching some much needed R&R.
Ashley Iadanza, a senior majoring in Video/Television and Film Production, is one of the producers of Season 36 of FYI. Not only is she involved in the HEAT Network, but she does a lot with Pride Productions as well. Within these organizations, Ashley enjoys stage managing, technical directing, and producing. When Ashley is not busy working on a set, she is usually sitting in a theater enjoying some Broadway tunes.
Chris Ahearn, a senior Video/Television major with a minor in Writing Studies, is one of FYI’s two show producers this season. He is currently working as a writer for Thursday Nite Live on the HEAT Network, and he’ll be working as one of the head writers for his final semester next fall. In the future, he hopes to have a job working as a writer on a popular superhero television show. When he’s not in running around the School of Communication, Chris can be found catching up on TV or reading comic books in his dorm.