AlumNotes: 2018 Edition

Catching up with Rutgers Alumni to discuss how being a Scarlet Knight has helped them get to where they are now.


Thomas Costello celebrated 30 years with the Asbury Park Press this February. He is a visual journalist integrating still photography, video, live-streaming, and 360-video. He often works long hours covering breaking news stories on crime, weather and judicial proceedings. The National Press Photographers Association bestowed Costello with the President’s Award for his service as a regional director and production chair-person. – Ken Kurtulik


Mike Pavlichko arrived at Rutgers in September 1996 and immediately went to Rutgers Radio station, WRSU. “I knew what I wanted to do; I wanted to come here and be a play-by-play announcer. I wanted to be the next Bob Murphy,” Pavlichko said. As an undergrad, Pavlichko enjoyed covering basketball and baseball for the campus radio station. After graduation, Pavlichko landed a job covering sports for New Brunswick’s WCTC, where he still works today. Pavlichko is also the broadcasting administrator for WRSU and a part-time lecturer at Rutgers. He said the coolest part about his job is watching players like Malcolm Jenkins and Karl-Anthony Towns grow from high school stars to professional athletes. – Ryan Sahlin


Rich Edson graduated with a double major in History and Journalism and Media Studies. Edson first interned for Saturday Night Live as an undergrad from 2001 to 2002. After receiving his B.A. he attended the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. He currently works as a Washington Correspondent for the Fox News Channel. – Sabrina Tibbetts

Kathryn Tappen has joined NBC Sports Group as a host and reporter, covering Super Bowls, all-star games, and the Olympics. Previously, Tappen was a reporter for the New England Sports Network and was a host on the NHL Network. Tappen has won several awards during her 15-year career as a television sports broadcaster, including the Woman of Inspiration award from the Women in Sports and Events, and an Associated Press award for her feature story, “Swim Meet.” Off the air, Tappen serves as an ambassador to the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Foundation, which supports veterans and their families. Stephanie Cubias 


Dan Swern is the co-founder and producing director of the local nonprofit organization coLAB Arts. His development of coLAB Arts is part of a larger effort to engage artists and social activists to create work that is both transformative and impactful for the community. Swern is still an active member of the Rutgers community, working as a mentor and facilitator for students in the Journalism and Media Studies Program who are working on projects for the multimedia platform NJ Spark. – Nishika Sen


Lisette Voytko started her career in social media and digital marketing, working for a series of tech start-ups in New York City. She is currently a freelance writer published in Thrillist, Brokelyn, the Video Game History Foundation, Task and Purpose, xoJane, Femsplain, and Bitch Flicks. She’s proudest of her work spotlighting women’s early contributions to the video game industry and lifting the veil on Club 33 in Walt Disney World. @lisettevoytko plans to return to college for a master’s degree this fall. – Ken Kurtulik


Dylan Stump landed a job at the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce after a two-year, post-grad lull. “Looking for a job is a full-time job,” he said. “Nobody is knocking down your door to hire you.” Stump writes press releases and memos for the company. However, he has bigger plans–his eyes are set on web design. “I’ve already taken the step of attending a coding boot camp over the summer to gain the necessary skills,” he said. Stump is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and obtained his Associate of Science at Raritan Valley Community College. – Chad Stewart

Adam Samuel and NJ Governor Phil Murphy

Adam Samuel contributes to a number of online publications, including his own personal blog (Adam’s TV Blog) where he talks about television shows. Samuel currently works as a newspaper reporter for The Jewish Link in Teaneck, New Jersey, where his roles include covering local stories and interviewing businesses for press releases. – Autumn Oberkehr

Kathleen Mariquit is currently the social media coordinator for Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa. Her responsibilities include managing entertainment marketing announcements for over 15 social media accounts and assisting with video production. While at Rutgers, she was an executive producer, founder, and co-host for Rutgers Recess, an entertainment talk show featured on WRSU. She graduated with a double major in Journalism and Media Studies and Sociology. – Kathryn Roque

Alex Esposito has been a successful sales representative for SHI International Corp. since he began selling Adobe and Microsoft products for the tech company in Sep. 2017. “Communication skills I learned in my time at Rutgers come in handy every day, with me serving as the middleman between customers and manufacturers,” Esposito says. He previously worked for MLB Advanced Media managing teams’ social media requests and researching statistics during live games. During his college years, Esposito was heavily involved in the student radio station WRSU. He broadcast and produced Rutgers football, baseball, and basketball games. – Richard Hampson  


Joesph Lupo

Joseph Lupo has established himself as a freelance videographer post-graduation, shooting everything from lectures to promotional videos for various businesses, to professional real estate videos. One of Lupo’s most notable successes is becoming a teacher’s assistant for Professor Todd Wolfson’s Media and Community class for the 2018 spring semester, where students create video projects revolved around local social justice issues. Lupo mentors students throughout all phases of video production, starting with creating a shot list and transcribing interviews, and culminating with learning how to edit on Adobe Premiere Pro. Lupo took this class when he was an undergraduate, so he uses his past experiences to guide current students who are now fighting social justice issues themselves. – Alyssa Lopez

Courtney DuPont, a graduate of the Journalism and Media Studies program, has joined Jersey Sports Zone as a multimedia journalist. She is also the representative for all mid-state Jersey teams and is responsible for the complete coverage of this area. Courtney’s responsibilities at Jersey Sports Zone include shooting games, conducting interviews, editing and publishing completed stories, and staying up to date with social media. – Eli Blackmon

Ryan Moran, a graduate from the spring of 2017, double majored in both JMS and Economics. While double majoring offered Moran more options post-graduation, JMS was his escape from his daunting economic classes. “My favorite part was the interaction level between everyone involved in all phases: students with teachers, with guests, and then with other students. It felt easy to interact with everyone involved which made going to class a joy,” said Moran. If he wasn’t in class, Moran was a voice at WRSU, where he worked calling and producing many of Rutgers sports events for the station. Moran is currently an invoice analyst in telecom expense management in Cranford, New Jersey.  – James King

Jennifer Marin

Jennifer Marin is a magna cum laude graduate who majored in Journalism and Media Studies and minored in HR. She began her career as an intern with Telemundo New York, working more than 30 hours a week as a full-time student. Marin is currently a reporter for a family-owned station, WBOC News, the CBS affiliate in Salisbury, Maryland. In addition, she anchors for Telemundo Delmarva, the first Spanish-language station in that area. “The WBOC News director came to recruit at Rutgers and Steve Miller helped me with the entire process. The rest is history,” Marin said. – Stefani Zamora