Left to right: Michael Rinker, Sydney Hartman, Tori Gennuso, Natalie Comer, Hayden
Keener and Megan Scarano.
The spring 2020 anchors for the award-winning “WVU News” television newscast have been chosen. The main anchors are Sydney Hartman of Lareda Ranch, California, Michael Rinker of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Megan Scarano of Martinsburg, West Virginia.
The social square anchor is Tori Gennuso of Cecil, Pennsylvania, and the ESPNU/WVU Sports reporters are Natalie Comer of Falling Waters, West Virginia and Hayden Keener of Mechanicsville, Virginia. Megan Scarano and Sydney Hartman are also the data visualization anchors.
The executive producer for the show is Elisa Schwartzmiller of Clarksburg, West Virginia, and the director of the show is Alex Kraus.
Reporters include: Ethan Collins, WVU Campus beat; Megan Scarano and Sydney Hartman, police/fire/crimes/courts beat; Taylor Hall, Westover and Star City beat; Cassandra McPhail, health/seniors/consumer beat; Alex Kraus, education/nonprofit beat; and Michael Rinker government and economic development beat.
“WVU News” is a national Emmy award-winning newscast that airs statewide on West Virginia Public Broadcasting as part of “Campus Connection,” on Time Warner Cable in North Central West Virginia, on Network West Virginia via Suddenlink Cable and the WVU Campus Channel.
The television newscasts are produced by journalism students at the WVU Reed College of Media. “WVU News” reporters cover events on the University campus and in the Morgantown community. Students report, write, shoot and edit television news stories for the program. They also serve as on-air anchors, producers, directors and technical crew during newscast tapings at WVU’s professional television studio.
The program provides students with hands-on experience and access to professional, state-of-the-art digital equipment. Students who enroll in the “WVU News” course are well prepared for careers in television journalism after they graduate.
Since 2013, “WVU News” has received 81 national, international and regional juried awards. The Broadcast Education Association recognized “WVU News” as a national finalist for Best College Newscast at the 2018 Festival of Media Arts competition for the newscast “100 Days in Trump Country.” In 2017, "WVU News" was awarded first place in the Television Newscast category for the newscast “Special Edition Heroin and Opioids: When Addiction Hits Home.” This is the second time “WVU News” has received the top award under the leadership of Teaching Professor and Chair of the Journalism Program Gina Martino Dahlia.
In 2016, the AVA Digital Awards presented “WVU News” with a platinum award for the “Go Green” episode, and a gold award for the episode “The Many Dimensions of Diversity.” In spring 2015, “WVU News” won the national Emmy Award for “Best College Newscast” in the country.