Centre County Report: February 21, 2017
The latest on the response to a student's death. Plus, reaction to a proposed new tax to help cover police costs. And we visit Penn State Children's Hospital just after THON weekend.
About the Contributors
Senior / Broadcast Journalism
My name is David Abruzzese. I’m a senior broadcast journalism major with a wide spectrum of interests including sports, politics, business, digital media, social media, and much more. I’m one of three managing editors of Onward State with roughly 500 articles published under my name. I’ve covered events ranging from Penn State’s Board of Trustee meetings to the Nittany Lions’ upset of No. 2 Ohio State. I’ve been responsible for helping our social media platform engage with millions of users and have had my articles reach thousands of different readers.
E. Sierra Phillips
Junior / Broadcast Journalism, Political Science
Sierra Phillips is a junior at Penn State double-majoring in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science originally from Nashville, Tennessee.
She had an internship at the Brentwood Homepage in Brentwood, Tennessee and an internship with the British Parliament under Carolyn Harris, MP in London, England.
Starting next January she will appear on Centre County Report.
Next August she will be living in Washington D.C. for three months to participate in the Stanley E. Degler Washington Program.
Senior / Journalism
Born and raised in Scranton Pennsylvania, I learned a thing or two about what it means to stick to your roots, specifically, your values. I had the honor of being accepted to Penn State University Park in the fall of 2014 for Broadcast Journalism with minors in Sociology and Theatre. Through my studies, I have gained a greater understanding of people and they way they think as well as problems and what causes them in this country and in the world. I am set to graduate spring 2017.
While I have many passions, I gravitate towards working behind the camera on production and creation. I self taught many of the programs I am efficient in today and continue to work on expanding my skill set. I am open to new ideas and am willing to learn as much as possible, as well as teach others.
During my time at Penn State, I took the opportunity to get involved with marketing through organizations on campus. It broadened my interests and provided me with valuable insight into effective communication as well as the workings of social media.
In the future, I aspire to be at the forefront of the communications field, working to bring issues to light, provide press for worthy causes, and uphold my work and my life to the Journalist’s Professional Creed.
Senior / Telecommunications
Urfine Guobadia is currently a senior studying Telecommunications. Through her past internships, she has gained experience working in film, sports, and news production. She currently serves as director and technical director for the Centre County Report. She hopes to gain enough knowledge and experience to branch out and pave a way for herself in the media industry.
Junior / Broadcast-Journalism
Senior / Broadcast Journalism & English
Since attending Penn State, she has been involved in many different activities, from being on the executive board of her sorority to being executive producer, cohost, and writer for PSN-TV’s “After Hours.” She had a DC internship the summer of 2016 with Double R Productions, a small-business production company. She’s spent her junior year podcasting, shooting, and producing, and her internship at WPSU and her experience with Centre County Report have helped her accomplish this goal. She will spend her senior year continuing her work with After Hours, serving as an Executive Producer for the Centre County Report, and participating in the Penn State Hollywood Program in the spring.
Junior / Telecommunications