By Damon Grant

1940

Adelaide Marcus Zagoren

Adelaide Marcus Zagoren (Photo provided by family of Adelaide Marcus Zagoren)

Adelaide Marcus Zagoren
(Photo provided by family of Adelaide
Marcus Zagoren)

It is with sadness that we announce the death of one of the J/MS department’s oldest graduates, Adelaide Marcus Zagoren of Highland Park. Zagoren died Jan. 31 at the age of 94.

Zagoren arrived at New Jersey College for Women (later Douglass College) in 1936 and became one of a few female journalism majors. After getting her degree, Zagoren worked as a reporter for the New Brunswick Home News, moving on to be an executive at United Way of New Jersey and the Raritan Valley Girl Scouts Council.

In 1968 she became executive director of the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College, where she helped create the Douglass Women’s Center, the Black Alumnae Network, and the externship program. She left that position in 1994 to become president and trustee of the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

She was a Loyal Daughter of Rutgers, won the Rutgers Medal and had a place in the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni. In honor of her service, the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College conducts the annual Zagoren Lecture on campus.

Zagoren is survived by a son, Dr. Robert Zagoren of Boca Raton, Florida, and a daughter, Laura Zagoren Baron of Hackettstown; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her twin sister, Ruth Marcus Patt of Princeton, who also graduated from Rutgers, survives her as well.

1982

Tracey Nicholson

Tracey Nicholson (Photo provided by Tracey Nicholson)

Tracey
Nicholson
(Photo provided by Tracey Nicholson)

She retired in 2012 as a U.S. Army colonel stationed in the Pentagon in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. She now has a business as a consultant. She and her family live in Delaware.

Col. Nicholson joined the Army after graduation. Her command assignments include Fort McClellan’s Chemical and

Military Police Center; the 516th Personnel Services Company in South Korea; and in Baghdad, Iraq in an administrative position as the secretary of the Combined and Joint Staff under former Gen. David Petraeus.

She has also served as commandant of Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn.

Herb Jackson stands on the South Lawn of the White House while serving in the press pool. (Photo provided by Herb Jackson)

Herb Jackson stands on the South Lawn of the White House while serving in the press pool.
(Photo provided by Herb Jackson)

1983

Herb Jackson

Jackson is the Washington, DC correspondent for The Record of Hackensack. He covers Congress, the White House and federal agencies with a focus on New Jersey’s elected officials and issues that affect the state, including transportation, taxes, homeland security and appropriations. Jackson also covers congressional cam­paigns on cycle and Gov. Chris Christie when he comes to Washington or is part of a national story.

Jackson has been part of a team that is covering the unfolding scandal surrounding Christie’s administration and the order to close lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee. He also writes a weekly NJ/DC column that appears on Mondays and contributes to a blog. Go to blog.northjersey.com/ThePoliticalState.

Since 1998 Jackson has been working for The Record, where he started in the Trenton Bureau and was assigned to Washington in 2005. Before that, he worked for the Asbury Park Press, The Associated Press and the Home News of New Brunswick.

Photo provided by Mike Emanuel

1990

Photo above: Mike Emanuel, J/MS 1990, and his wife were guests of President Barack Obama and the first lady at the most recent White House Christmas party. Emanuel is the Fox News Channel Congressional correspondent and former White House correspondent.

Photo provided by Mike Emanuel

1992

Eric Schwarz

Quality analyst for Dow Jones & Co. Inc., Princeton. He creates customized reports for clients that comply with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory requirements. Schwarz is also a librarian and taught library science at SC&I for several years. He is also active in the Livingston Alumni Association.

1993

Sean P. Carr

Carr is an Arlington, VA, journalist covering business, money, and politics as senior reporter at SNL Financial, a news and information service covering business around the globe. There Carr leads regulatory, legislative and political coverage of the insurance industry. “The interesting thing about insurance — yes, there is one — is that it is a part of everything,” says Carr. “My beat takes me through health care reform, climate change, financial regulation and political campaigns across the country.”

He is the founder of Life/Times, a blog about life insurance, culture and politics.

Carr started his career at Worrall Community Newspapers in Union and worked for the Ocean County Observer and the Home News Tribune before
switching to cover the insurance business.

1998

Amy Garofalo DeAngelo

She is a sales partner for PRIME Real Estate Group in Hoboken, and she also designs jewelry — her firm is called Mya Lucia, L.L.C.

2002

Katie Dippold

Wrote “The Heat,” a movie out last summer about two mismatched female FBI agents, that won Best Comedy at People’s Choice Awards for 2014. She is writing a sequel to “The Heat” as well as another script while she continues to write for NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.”

2004

Danielle Hawkes Donnelly and her husband Michael Donnelly. (Photo provided by Hawkes Donnelly)

Danielle Hawkes Donnelly and her husband Michael Donnelly. (Photo provided by Hawkes Donnelly)

Danielle Hawkes Donnelly

She is a beauty publicist for Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics, an international business run by a Hollywood-based makeup artist who has been transforming the faces of women for over 20 years. Donnelly has been with the company for two and a half years.

In devising public relations stra­tegy for the brand, she partners with sales, marketing, product development, and global public relations teams and retailers. She creates and edits press releases, writes blogs and newsletters, and Twitters (@beautynthebeats) quite cleverly. Last October she married financial executive Michael Donnelly in a sunset ceremony on the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront. They reside in Forest Hills, Queens.

2005

Carmen Cusido (Photo provided by Carmen Cusido)

Carmen Cusido (Photo provided by Carmen Cusido)

Carmen Cusido

She is an associate writer for the Wildlife Conservation Society, headquartered at the Bronx Zoo in NY. Some of her responsibilities at WCS include translating messaging from English to Spanish, writing narratives for annual reports and other printed materials, and developing op-eds and letters-to-the-editor with senior conservationists.

Cusido, the daughter of Cuban exiles, recently traveled to Cuba on a cultural and educational mission. She is also taking a course at Columbia University on the ecology of coral reefs, and in March she snorkeled, learned about corals and fish, and visited some beautiful beaches in Bermuda. She is active in the New York chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Follow her on Twitter (@carmencusido).

2006

Brent Johnson

An online news producer/reporter for the Star-Ledger Statehouse Bureau, Johnson was just named one of the best capitol reporters in America by The Washington Post. Johnson has made a tremendous impact after only a year and a half on the job. Since 2009 when he came to the Ledger from The Times of Trenton, he has been a reporter covering Middlesex County and an online sports producer and reporter before moving up to the capitol beat. There he writes a daily politics roundup, a daily poll, and also covers all kinds of news and features — including coverage of Gov. Chris Christie’s office.

2008

Elizabeth Bohnsack

She lives in Los Angeles, where she works for Conan O’Brien’s Conaco Productions. She is talent researcher for his late night talk show, “Conan,” on TBS. Her position as a talent researcher is to find and cultivate “off beat” talent for guest interviews. She generally books guests who are authors, chefs, artists, world record holders; in other words, people with special talents. According to Bohnsack, there are “no limits” to the weird and unusual types of interviews she books for the program.

Mike Fox and a friend's cat (Photo provided by Mike Fox)

Mike Fox and a friend’s cat (Photo provided by Mike Fox)

Michael Fox

Fox works as the associate producer for the Howard Stern Channels on Sirius XM Radio. Fox has been with Stern since January 2008, when he interned for the show and was assistant to Stern’s assistant. He would later work his way up to being Stern’s personal media manager and was promoted in 2013 to his present position. Since his time at Sirius, Fox has gotten the opportunity to attend writing meetings for the show, contribute to shows and specials, and collaborate with a wide number of different people on creative ideas like bits, songs and social media outreach.

2011

Chris Zwistowski

This Spotswood native is a broadcast associate at “CBS This Morning.” Previously he was a reporter for Greater Media Newspapers covering Middlesex County.

2013

Elizabeth Herlihy

Herlihy works as an associate producer for News 12 New Jersey and is currently looking for freelance work as a digital journalist. Herlihy lives in Avon by the Sea.

2014

Jeanpaul Isaacs

If you were watching the Oscars in March, perhaps you saw tall, tuxedo-clad Isaacs handing out statuettes to the stars presenting them on stage. Isaacs, an aspiring filmmaker, was a member of Team Oscar, six young filmmakers from colleges across the country who were selected to participate in the Oscar ceremonies.

“Just to be a part of this environment is awesome,” Isaacs said.

Isaacs, who is from South Brunswick, was selected for Team Oscar on the basis of a short video he made. The contest had more than 2,000 submissions.

He has already competed internationally when he won a contest last year to show his short film, “The Youth,” at the Cannes Film Festival. This summer he heads to Zambia with Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking to work on a documentary about women seeking economic independence through agriculture.

By Vicki Chen
1986

Frank Sternberg

Frank SternbergS

Frank Sternberg • Photo provided by Frank Sternberg

Sternberg is the senior account executive at the media and strategy-consulting firm of Message & Media in New Brunswick, where he has worked since 1993. After completing his studies, Sternberg served as the director of communications for then Congressman (now U.S. Sen.) Robert Menendez in Union City from 1987 to 1992.
In 1989 he married Douglass College graduate Pegeen Roche Sternberg at Kirkpatrick Chapel. Together they are raising four sons in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. Sternberg is also a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, the Greater Bethlehem Area Soccer League, and the Knights of Columbus.
1993
Bonnie Cohen Lafazan

Lafazan is the Library Director at Berkeley College’s Woodbridge, NJ campus. She lectures and presents at library conferences locally and nationally, focusing on creating library programming, digital and technology literacy and community engagement.
Originally, she had a law career. Following her graduation, Lafazan earned her Juris Doctorate degree in 1996 from New England School of Law in Boston. After a career as a contracts and licensing attorney at several entertainment companies, including ABC News, BMG Entertainment Group, New Line Cinema and MTV Networks, she went on to receive her master’s degree in Library Information Science from Pratt Institute in New York. She has taught Communications Law and Internet Law courses online at New York University and University of Maryland.
Tim Pernetti
Former Rutgers University athletic director forced out last year for his handling of a scandal involving the basketball coach, Pernetti was just appointed chief business officer for the New York City Football Club, a professional soccer team that will start to play in 2015. The expansion team is partly owned by the New York Yankees and the Manchester City (Great Britain) Football Club. The team is currently building a new stadium in Flushing Meadows, Queens, on the former World’s Fair site.
Pernetti also sits on the Board of Directors for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
1994
Kelly Waldron

Waldron is currently the afternoon drive anchor at NJ 101.5. She began her career at WSUS in Vernon, NJ, where she served as the morning and afternoon news anchor. From there, she moved on to WCTC/WMGQ in Somerset as a morning and afternoon news anchor and reporter. She then went on to become a national correspondent for Metro Networks, where she covered stories ranging from presidential inaugurations to hurricanes and plane crashes. Waldron then moved to WCBS 880 AM in New York, where she worked as a general assignment reporter for 10 years.
1996
Michael Chodroff

He just moved to a new science teaching position at Far Brook School in Short Hills after teaching several years at The Willow School, an independent school in Peapack. Chodroff is also Far Brook’s director of sustainability.
1997
Ross Bear

Bear is working in sales for Verizon but has just finished his master’s degree in education and will soon be looking for a position teaching secondary social studies. After J/MS he started out working for radio stations and got into software development before transitioning into sales.
Now he looks forward to a full career in education. “I should have gone into teaching a long time ago, but life intervened,” said Bear, who resides with his family in Newtown, PA.
Bear recalled enjoying the classes of Professors Steve Miller and Roger Cohen, yet there was no harder professor than Barbara Reed, in his opinion. “She made me the writer I am today,” noted Bear.
2000
Vivian Salama

Photo provided by Vivian Salma

Vivian Salama • Photo provided by Vivian Salma

Salama is a freelance journalist primarily focusing on the Middle East and North Africa. She just returned from Iraq, Kuwait and Morocco, She has contributed to Newsweek, The Daily Beast, TIME, and The Atlantic.
Salama has also covered South Asia and has traveled on assignment to North Korea, China and other countries in the region. She was also formerly a producer for NBC News in New York and a print and television correspondent in the Middle East for Bloomberg News.
She co-authored a book released in July entitled Radicalization, Terrorism and Conflict, published by Cambridge Scholars.
2003
Jennifer Sneed

Jennifer Sneed • Photo provided by Jennifer Sneed

Jennifer Sneed • Photo provided by Jennifer Sneed

Sneed is looking for a position in public affairs after 10 years of working for U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), who died in June. She was deputy director for his New Jersey offices. Sneed spent the time between August, when Lautenberg’s offices closed, until October working as public relations coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Monmouth County. A recipient of funds from President Jimmy Carter’s Habitat for Humanity annual work project, the Monmouth effort rebuilt two homes destroyed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and repaired 14.
Sneed, who serves on the board of the Rutgers University Alumni Association and is a past president of the School of Communication and Information Alumni Association, resides in Newark.
2008
Bryce Beloff

Pic of Bruce Beloff

Bruce Beloff • Photo provided by Bruce Beloff

Beloff just became a sports producer for Al Jazeera America, an American basic cable and satellite news television channel launched in August. He produces the sportscast for the news hours as well as long form pieces. He also covers major sport events such as the American League Championship Series. Beloff formerly worked at MLB Network and is a three-time Emmy winner.

Molly Hurford

Molly Hurford • Photo provided by Molly Hurford

Molly Hurford • Photo provided by Molly Hurford

Hurford, who races on an elite amateur level in cyclocross and triathlon, is the managing editor for Cyclocross Magazine. In addition to being managing editor, she also writes and photographs for the publication. She is a freelance writer, too, and has had her work featured in Dirt Rag Magazine, Switchback Magazine and Triathlete Magazine. In addition, Hurford is the author of Mud, Snow and Cyclocross, published last year with Deed Publishing.
She has a multitude of other projects including 1drifter, a video and photo travel diary, as well as a new project on fitness-oriented gear for the “stylish racer on the go,” called Life Sportive.
2009
Daniel Elghossain

After several years as a broadcast operator for Bloomberg, Elghossain just started at the Al Jazeera media network. An expert videographer, he wants to work his way into doing documentaries. At J/MS and especially in Professor Ronald Miskoff’s Investigative Reporting class, he said, he “learned to keep questioning and digging deeper into a subject to find out the truth/core. That’s a skill I cherish.”
2010
Danny Breslauer

Danny Breslauer • Photo provided by Danny Breslauer

Danny Breslauer • Photo provided by Danny Breslauer

Breslauer is currently the lead play-by-play broadcaster for RVision, the online television network of Rutgers University Athletics. He has served in that capacity since 2009, announcing hundreds of events across Rutgers’ varsity sports. Additionally, Breslauer is a host and sports commentator for WCTC-AM, The Voice of Central Jersey. He also fills in as a host for “Knight Cap,” the postgame show for Rutgers basketball.
In addition to his broadcast work, Breslauer has served as a sports writer for the Highland Park Mirror and is a certified substitute teacher in Highland Park.
Abira Sengupta
Sengupta loves her job at Springer Science + Business Media, located in Soho in New York. She does light editing, has production duties, and writes the back cover copy and “About The Author” for the books and journals Springer publishes. She commutes from Old Bridge.
One of the most important things she learned at J/MS and especially in the Public Relations class of Professor Liz Fuerst, Sengupta said, is to strive for accuracy and “never make a mistake spelling someone’s name.”
2011
Roxanne Belloni

After being at Coyne Public Relations in Parsippany, one of New Jersey’s largest agencies, Belloni just moved to Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey in Newark, where she is a marketing and media specialist.
Adam Helfgott
Helfgott currently works on the assignment desk at MLB Network. This past year he was promoted to associate news producer after working as a broadcast associate. He primarily works on the afternoon show, “The Rundown,” by coordinating live and taped shots of reporters stationed throughout the various major league ballparks.

Helfgott has won three Emmy awards, all for the best daily studio show, “MLB Tonight.”

2012 

Cherie-Ann Darby

Cherie Darby • Photo provided by Cherie Darby

Cherie Darby • Photo provided by Cherie Darby

Darby was recently hired as a community engagement producer by NJ.com. She primarily works on projects and posts to impact and interact with the website’s audience. She creates comments, posts poll stories and moderates user comments when necessary. She also answers any questions that users have and makes sure that the commenters are discussing stories in an appropriate, non-offensive way.

Additionally, Darby helps run the site’s social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Amanda Downs

Downs is an editorial beauty assistant at Self Magazine, a Condé Nast publication. Her position began as a two-month project, during which she had to commute four hours each day.

“Especially in this economic and occupational downturn, taking opportunities is the only way to make those connections, even if it means making sacrifices,” she said.

Her sacrifice paid off because at the completion of her contract Downs was asked to stay on full-time. She has interviewed celebrities, met with famous stylists, traveled to other countries, and been backstage at Fashion Week.

CHANCE MEETING: Jim Ornstein, left, J/MS 1993, vice president of the William Morris Endeavor Agency, and Harry Cicma, J/MS 2002, sports reporter for WNBC-4 in New York, at an event in Manhattan honoring Andy Murray, the Wimbledon tennis champion.

CHANCE MEETING: Jim Ornstein, left, J/MS 1993, vice president of the William Morris Endeavor Agency, and Harry Cicma, J/MS 2002, sports reporter for WNBC-4 in New York, at an event in Manhattan honoring Andy Murray, the Wimbledon tennis champion.