Faculty

Program Coordinators

Zachary R. Dowdy has been adjunct instructor in Stony Brook’s journalism program since January 2003. The Stony Brook University graduate has worked for The Boston Herald, where he covered breaking news and compiled a column focusing on teen issues, and The Boston Globe, where he covered urban affairs, international issues and criminal justice with an emphasis on corrections. He reported and wrote investigative and enterprise series for both newspapers and served as a fill-in urban affairs editor on the Globe’s metro desk.

Dowdy is currently a rewrite and criminal justice reporter and United Nations correspondent for Newsday, where he penned a news column about criminal justice and legal issues. He also has served as Newsday’s state, national and foreign correspondent, filing stories from out-of-state, abroad or the United Nations. Dowdy has taught journalism and writing courses at both the University of Massachusetts-Boston and Roxbury Community College, in Boston, and at Hofstra University on Long Island. He also participated as a writing coach in Partners in Print, a journalism program for elementary, middle and high school students in Boston.

At Stony Brook, Dowdy is co-coordinator of the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists, a weeklong residential journalism boot camp for students.

He served two terms as president of the Boston Association of Black Journalists and two terms as vice president-print of the New York Association of Black Journalists and is currently vice president of the Editorial Unit of Local 406, the union representing employees at Newsday. He has mentored students at the Columbia University journalism program and NYABJ’s High School Journalism Workshop. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Stony Brook, and master’s degrees in English and journalism from Harvard and Columbia universities, respectively.


Cathrine Duffy is Director of Stony Brook’s employee wellness program, Healthier U. Previously, she served as Director of Student Support at Stony Brook’s Office of the Dean of Students. Cathrine is a founding faculty member of Stony Brook’s School of Journalism and lectured there for six years.

Cathrine worked at Newsday for 10 years in various capacities including news editor, copy editor and deputy Long Island editor. She is a two-time alumnus of Stony Brook University with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in journalism and a Master of Arts in Public Policy, and is working on her MSW at Stony Brook’s School of Social Welfare.


Faculty

Rick Ricioppo was named associate professor of electronic and video journalism in September 2007. Rick also serves as the manager of TV production for the journalism school.

Ricioppo was the production director of TV 10 at Illinois State University from 2002 to 2007. At Illinois State, he taught introductory and advanced television production classes and oversaw all technical aspects of the daily live student newscast. An experienced professional video photographer and editor, Ricioppo taught news and sports shooting and editing as well as studio and control room production. Additionally, he oversaw video production of sporting events both at the university and at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Ill.

Before joining Illinois State, Ricioppo held a variety of positions in electronic journalism. Most recently, he was a sports photographer and editor for the Empire Sports Network from 2000 to 2002. Previously, he was news photographer and editor, WGRZ-TV, Buffalo, NY(1994-2000); videographer, director and technician, C-Span (1988-94); promotions producer, Cablevision, Woodbury, N.Y (1987-88); and photographer, editor and director, Telicare, Rockville Centre, N.Y. (1986-87).

Ricioppo holds a master of science degree in communication from Illinois State University.


Photo by Wasim Ahmad.

J. Conrad Williams Jr. is an assistant photo editor at Newsday, where he has been on staff since 1985.

His work has won critical acclaim and accompanied award-winning articles and series, including Newsday‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the 10th anniversary of the 1994 massacres in Rwanda.

He has taught photojournalism at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism and Nassau Community College.


Marcy McGinnis was associate dean of Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism from 2007 until 2014. McGinnis joined Stony Brook as director of the broadcast journalism program in 2006 and, with the founding dean, helped start the first undergraduate school of journalism in the SUNY system.

McGinnis was Senior Vice President, News Coverage, at CBS News from 2001-2005 and Vice President, News Coverage from 1997-2001. She managed CBS News’ worldwide newsgathering operation, hard news broadcasts, special events coverage and breaking news as well as the operation and staffing of all domestic and overseas bureaus.


Connie Conway is a television/radio reporter with more than 30 years of experience. She worked most recently for Long Island Public Radio as News Director, Reporter and host of the “Evening Report.” Before that she was a Reporter at News 12 Long Island for 13 years.

Connie covered stories from 9-11 to the East End wildfires. And throughout her career she has won 20 awards, from the Associated Press, Long Island Press Club and the International Communicator awards club, to mention a few. She has taught broadcast journalism at Stony Brook University and is Chief of Staff for the Town of Southampton Supervisor’s Office.


Bill Bleyer was a prize-winning staff writer for Newsday for 33 years before retiring in 2014 to write books and freelance. He is the author of Long Island and the Sea: A Maritime History; The Fire Island Lighthouse: Long Island’s Welcoming Beacon; Sagamore Hill: Theodore Roosevelt’s Summer White House and co-author of Long Island and the Civil War. He is past president of the Press Club of Long Island, the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and has served on the board of SPJ. He has taught college courses in journalism, economics and history. This is his fourth year as chief copy editor for the Greene Team.


Wasim Ahmad is a journalist and educator who has taught multimedia journalism at Syracuse University and Stony Brook University. He previously worked for newspapers in Minnesota, Florida and upstate New York.

He is a Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse University and holds a master’s degree in photography from The S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse. Ahmad’s work has been recognized by the Freedom Forum and the Center for Innovation in College Media, but by far the award he’s most proud of is the 2013 “Seniors’ Choice” award for best professor in the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University.


Frank Posillico is a New York based award winning documentary filmmaker, and currently works as a Visual Journalist Spectrum News. He was previously the Senior Editor, Video at the New York Daily News. He has worked for The Daily Beast, CBS News, Patch.com and Newsday. Frank was a student at Stony Brook University in the Journalism program and graduated in 2013. He is also serves as director of social at The Video Consortium, a creative community of the world’s leading video journalists and nonfiction filmmakers.

At Stony Brook he got his start at the campus newspaper “The Statesman.” He was a photo editor, news editor and eventually the paper’s Editor-in-Chief for three years. After graduation Frank has stayed in touch with the school and currently serves as president of the School of Journalism Alumni Board. Frank has worked with the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists since 2010.


Rachael Eyler is an award winning investigative journalist currently working for NBC affiliate WJFW Newswatch 12, in Rhinelander, Wisconsin as the Investigative Reporter and Weekend Anchor. 

Rachael graduated from Stony Brook University in 2019 with her degree in Journalism and minor in International Relations and Global Affairs. During her time at Stony Brook, Rachael was the executive producer of The Stony Brook Newsbreak, multimedia editor of The Stony Brook Press and a member of the School of Journalism Student Advisory Board. Additionally she was a two time recipient of the Marie Colvin International Reporting award and the Daniel Conway award. Most recently she was awarded the 2019 Investigative Reporter and Editors Medal for her senior capstone on Deepfake Revenge Pornography.

Following her graduation Rachael moved to London to work with the Wall Street Journal as their 2020 Marie Colvin Fellow where she covered the unleashing of Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to working with WSJ, Rachael has also worked with CBS, the BBC  and interned for MSNBC, MetroTV News in Ghana, West Africa. This is her third year working with the Greene Team.


Chrissy Sampson is the deputy managing editor of The East Hampton Star. Her work has appeared in Newsday, the Virginia Gazette, the Sag Harbor Express, the Huffington Post, and Patch.com. She is proud to have been one of Bob Greene’s “pups” at Hofstra University, graduating in 2002. She has been a Greene Team editor since 2010.


Ryan Magill is a Rising Junior in the Stony Brook School of Journalism and the in the Political Science School. He has a focus in sports journalism, and he writes for the Stony Brook weekly newspaper, The Statesman, as the best writer for the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams as well as the women’s soccer team.

Ryan is a 2017 Greene Team alumni, and he credits his experiences with the program as having both confirmed his passion for the world of journalism and his love of Stony Brook.


Arielle Martinez is a digital production coordinator at the Council on Foreign Relations. She graduated from Stony Brook University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2017. She has written for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Long Island Press, and several local newspapers along Nassau County’s South Shore.

She was also a Dow Jones News Fund editing intern at the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota in 2015, and a copy editor in the New York Times Student Journalism Institute in 2016. She is the chair of the board of directors for The Statesman, a campus news organization at Stony Brook, and she is on the alumni advisory committee for Stony Brook’s School of Journalism.


Kate Nalepinski is a general assignment reporter for Times Review Media Group, primarily covering education on the North Fork of Long Island. She’s a 2018 graduate of Ithaca College and a 2013 Greene Team alum. 


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