Program Coordinators

Zachary R. Dowdy

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

Cathrine Duffy is Associate Director of Student Support at the Office of the Dean of Students. Prior to this position, Cathrine was Executive Assistant to the Dean of Students, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and a founding faculty member of Stony Brook’s School of Journalism and lectured there for six years. In addition to teaching, Cathrine provided academic advising to journalism students and administered alumni and recruitment outreach.

Cathrine serves as co-coordinator of the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists. Cathrine previously 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.


Rick Ricioppo

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.

J. Conrad Williams Jr.

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

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

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.

Wasim Ahmad

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.

Jordan Lauterbach

Jordan Lauterbach is a sports reporter for Newsday who has covered professional and high school sports. He previously worked as a reporter at This is his fifth year coaching Greene Team members about covering sports.

Rachael Eyler

Rachael Eyler will be graduating with a B.A in Journalism this December from Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism.

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 on the School of Journalism Student Advisory Board.

Rachael has also interned at various broadcasting companies across the globe including MSNBC, MetroTV in Ghana and BBC. This is her second year working with the Greene Team and always looks forward to seeing the passion and growth of these young aspiring journalists. 

Frank Posillico

Frank Posillico is a New York based award winning documentary filmmaker, and currently works as a Visual Journalist Spectrum News NY1. He was previously the Senior Editor, Video at the New York Daily News. He has worked for The Daily Beast, CBS News, 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.


Bill Bleyer
Chrissy Sampson
Rachael Eyler
Arielle Martinez (Greene Team ‘11)
Paul Schreiber
Chris Vaccaro
Glen Rohrbacker
Leema Thomas
Goodwin Anim
Rachel Siford (Greene Team ’12)
David North
Darius Radzius
Christine Insinga
Niki Nasiri (Greene Team
Juliana Orkin (Greene Team ‘
Michele Sullivan
Henry Mortsugu
Frank Gargano
Duffy Zimmerman

Special thanks to our speakers from Newsday

TC McCarthy
Monty Young
James T. Madore
Sandy Miller
Michael Cusanelli

The Stony Brook School of Journalism

Howard Schneider
Charles Haddad
Maureen Robinson
Phil Altiere
Paul Christensen