The Career Connectors panel introduces current students to recent SUNY Oswego alumni who standout out as top performers in their chosen professions.
Our 2016 Career Connectors will be taking over our Instagram each Monday leading up to the #OzMediaSummit on October 27.
Meet the Career Connectors:
Adam Shear ‘14 is a promotional strategy & multiplatform programming coordinator for USA Network, Syfy and Cloo at NBCUniversal.
Before his current position, Shear ‘14 was accepted into the NBCUniversal page program, rotating between positions at MSNBC, Syfy and NBC Retail Operations. In addition, he performed traditional page duties such as; a tour guide for The Tour at NBC Studios and an audience coordinator for “The Tonight Show” and “Saturday Night Live”. After graduation, Shear ‘14 was the digital media coordinator for “The Bill Cunningham Show”, a nationally syndicated talk show on the CW.
During his time at SUNY Oswego, Shear ’14 took full advantage of campus media joining both WTOP-10 T.V. and WNYO. He interned with; “The Bill Cunningham Show”, Jigsaw Productions and SUNY Oswego’s public affairs department. He is passionate about emerging media trends and loves being at the cutting edge of technology. Shear ‘14 now lives and works in New York City.
Gabriel Almanzar ’05 is the current supervising art director at “CBS This Morning.” Almanzar graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design and minored in Spanish.
During his time at CBS This Morning, Almanzar has worked on events such as; The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Presidential Elections, Papal Coverage, The Royal Wedding and a variety of major breaking news coverage. He is also part of the CBS Sports design team, developing layouts for Thursday Night Football and Super Bowl 50. He received a Sports Emmy Award in 2016 for “Best Technical Remote” by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Prior to joining CBS in 2007, Almanzar was a graphics production coordinator at ESPN/ABC Sports.
Quindell Williams (’11) is a photojournalist and video editor at CNY Central in Syracuse, NY. Williams’ work airs on newscasts across CNY Central’s three broadcast stations WSTM-TV, WTVH-TV, WSTQ-TV and on CNYCentral.com.
Williams has worked at CNY Central for 5 years. This year, Williams won his first regional Emmy Award. He was part of a team of CNY Central journalists honored in the “Daytime Newscast” category for their coverage of the verdict in the Dr. Robert Neulander murder trial.
Williams has also received several Syracuse Press Club Awards for his work and has earned award nominations from the New York State Associated Press.
Williams’ role as a photojournalist has provided him with prime access to some of Central New York’s most notable guests, including Oprah Winfrey, President Barrack Obama, and more recently, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Williams earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcasting and Mass Communication from SUNY Oswego.
Sara Cooper (’14) is the policy coordinator for the New York State Network for Youth Success, where she is developing a statewide grassroots campaign to advocate for afterschool, summer and expanded learning programs.
Previously, Cooper worked as a grassroots organizer for the advocacy organization ONE. She also served as a field organizer for the New York State Democratic Committee, as a sales assistant for iHeartMedia and as a staffer for U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Central New York office
Cooper graduated from SUNY Oswego with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Social Interaction and a dual minor in Peace and Conflict Studies and Political Science. While at Oswego, Sara was a teaching assistant for two semesters of COM100 and served as president of Lambda Pi Eta.
Omy Melo (’14) is an assistant editor at The Station, an integrated content production company and post facility in New York City that produces media for advertising agencies and several brands.
Prior to The Station, Melo was a staff member at Definition6, where he worked on promos for major networks such as USA, Nickelodeon and HBO. Melo also served on the post production crew for seasons 45 and 46 of “Sesame Street”.
As a SUNY Oswego student, Melo served as the art director and later as vice president of creative services for WTOP-TV. He was also a member of the Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit’s student board of directors. Melo developed and produced content for mediasummit.org and served as the Media Summit’s lead video editor.
Jenna Wehn (’09) works as a highlight producer overseeing video content for ESPN’S “SportsCenter” and production assistant training.
After graduation, Wehn was offered a job as a Production Assistant for ESPN, but quickly moved up the ranks to associate producer. As an associate producer, she produced highlights, graphics and features for “SportsCenter” and “Sunday NFL Countdown.”
Wehn has also worked on broadcasts such as the ESPYs in Los Angeles and the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.
In her time at Oswego, Wehn was an active member of WTOP-TV, while also contributing to WNYO-FM and WRVO-FM. Wehn was inducted into the communication honor society, Lambda Pi Eta and the national leadership honor society, Omicron Delta Kappa. In addition to working in sports media, Wehn played on Oswego’s varsity basketball and tennis teams.
Wehn resides in West Hartford, CT.