St. Bonaventure University

Mike Vaccaro and Adrian Wojnarowski
Mike Vaccaro (in sports coat, left), Class of 1989, lead sports columnist for the New York Post and three-time New York State Sportswriter of the Year, is the newest addition to the Jandoli School's Wall of Distinguished Graduates. Above, Vaccaro shares a laugh with his close friend and fellow sports journalist Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Class of 1991, who was among those who spoke at the ceremony.

Distinguished Jandoli School Graduates

We're proud of the many alumni of the Jandoli School of Communication who have gone on to attain success in their careers.

Janet I. Bodnar, '71
Editor-at-large, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine
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Chernice Miller, '16, '18
Instructor, Princeton Writing Program, Princeton University
Adrian Wojnarowski
Adrian Wojnarowski, ’91
Senior NBA Insider at ESPN; three-time National Sports Media Association Sportswriter of the Year
Dan Barry, ’80
New York Times reporter and columnist; Pulitzer Prize winner; 2017 New York Press Club Award for Journalism
Beth Moore
Beth Moore, ’18, '19
Associate Manager, Global Brand Toy Marketing, Mattel, Inc., Buffalo, NY
Mike Vaccaro, ’89
Lead Sports Columnist for the New York Post, three-time New York Sportswriter of the Year.
Michael Hill, ’96 
President of Chautauqua Institution; former President and CEO of Youth For Understanding USA
Donna Ditota
Donna Ditota, ’83
Sportswriter, The Post-Standard, Syracuse; 2022 New York Sportswriter of the Year; 2024 inductee, U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame
Deb Henretta, ’83
Partner, G110 Companies
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Elyse Kosakowski, '11, '12
Account Director, Partners + Napier, Rochester, NY
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, ’82
New York Times Bestselling Author
Joseph Fulmore
Joseph Fulmore, '19
Copywriter, Majority Marketing & Advertising Agency, Atlanta, GA
Allison Kropff, ’05  
News Anchor for CBS affiliate WTSP in Tampa, Fla.
Carol A. Schumacher, ’78
Communications Consultant; vice chair, SBU Board of Trustees
Lian Bunny
Lian Bunny, '17
Reporter, Buffalo Business First, Buffalo, NY
Robert J. McCarthy, ’76
Chief Political Reporter (retired), The Buffalo News, 
Makeda Loney
Makeda Loney, '14
Writer, Apple, San Francisco, CA
Whitney Downard
Whitney Downard, '16
Senior Reporter, States Newsroom's Indiana Capital Chronicle, Indianapols, IN
Shannon Shepherd, ’12 
Buffalo Bills beat reporter, Sports Illustrated; Buffalo Broadcast Association's Tim Russert Medal of Merit
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Yoselin Person, '19
Reporter, WKBW-TV, Buffalo, NY
Christopher M. LaPlaca, '79 
Senior Vice President (retired), Corporate Communications, ESPN
Patrick Hosken, ’12 
Arts writer, CITY Magazine, Rochester, NY
Mari Snyder, ’90 
Director of Economic Empowerment, University of Maryland SAFE Center for Human Trafficking Survivors
Jennifer Westerholt, ’10 
Director of Alumni Relations, Nardin Today editor and Advancement writer, Nardin Academy, Buffalo
Lee Coppola, ’64 
Former Dean of St. Bonaventure's Jandoli School of Communication; member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Kate Welshofer
Kate Welshofer, '96
Communications and Content Strategist, The National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY
Alicia (D’Alessandro) Lane, ’12 
Director of Resource Development, Habitat for Humanity Capital District, Albany, N.Y.
Daniel Collins, ’73
Division Vice President (retired), Corporate Communications, Corning, Inc.
Dr. Robert Buckla, ’84 
Associate Director of Schools for Alumni Relations and Development, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Chicago, Ill.
Leah Shearer Noonan, ’00 
Director of Leadership Giving, WXXI Public Broadcasting Council, Rochester, NY
David Lanzillo, ’84 
Director, Marketing + Communications, Conifer Realty, Rochester, NY
Kelly Eschberger, ’07 
Digital Team member, PNC Bank, Pittsburgh; former producer and writer, WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh.
Sarah Shelters, ’11 
Communications Officer, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
Joseph Enoch, ’06 
Producer at NBC News in New York
Marissa Sangiacomo, ’11 
Marketing Manager at St. Martin's Press, New York
Jennifer Sherman, ’09 
Vice President, Reservoir Communications Group, Washington, D.C.
David Yaun, ’85
Senior Vice President of Communications, Bank of America
Jacqueline Trescott, ’68 
Reporter for the Style Section of The Washington Post
Jerry Nieves
Jerry Nieves, M.A.,  '20
Founder & Creative Principal
GoldenSnow Agency
Neal Cavuto, ’80
Senior VP, Anchor and Managing Editor for FOX News Channel and FOX Business Network


Wall of Distinguished Graduates

The Jandoli School established the Wall of Distinguished Graduates in 2000 as part of the program's 50th anniversary celebration. The wall recognizes the many accomplishments of our graduates over the years.

Nominated by alumni and faculty, honorees are recognized for having distinguished themselves in their chosen careers. Each is honored with a plaque mounted on a wall in the school's campus home, the John J. Murphy Professional Building.

Five of St. Bonaventure's six Pulitzer Prize winners Five graduates of our program, and a sixth SBU graduate who earned a journalism minor, have earned journalism's highest honor, the Pulitzer Prize (from left in photo):

  • Robert Dubill, '58 (USA Today), journalism and mass communication (J/MC) major
  • John Hanchette, '64 (Gannett News Service), J/MC major
  • Charles Hanley, '68 (Associated Press), J/MC major
  • Brian Toolan, '72 (Hartford Courant), English major, J/MC minor
  • Dan Barry, '80 (New York Times), J/MC major
  • Not shown: Bill Briggs, '85 (The Denver Post), J/MC major

Wall of Distinguished Graduates inductees

(Listed in order of graduation year)

  • Adrian Wojnarowski, '91, ESPN Senior Basketball Insider, New York Times best-selling author, and the National Sports Media Association's Sportswriter of the Year in 2017, 2018 and 2019
  • Mike Vaccaro, '89, lead sports columnist for the New York Post, reporter, author and three-time New York Sportswriter of the Year (2012, 2014, 2019).
  • Deborah Henretta, '83, senior advisor, SSA & Co.
  • Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, '82, New York Times bestselling author
  • Dan Barry, '80, New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Neil Cavuto, '80, Fox News anchor and commentator
  • Victoria Corderi, '79, former newspaper and TV reporter, a three-time Emmy winner, and winner of Peabody and Murrow awards for excellence in journalism
  • Chris LaPlaca, '79, senior vice president, corporate communications, ESPN
  • Dan Herbeck, '78, reporter for the Buffalo News and co-author of "American Terrorist," the New York Times best-seller about Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh
  • Carol Schumacher, '78, VP of Corporate Affairs, Intercontinental Exchange
  • James Marchiony, '76, associate athletic director at University of Kansas and former director of media services for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • Daniel F. Collins, '73, vice president of corporate communications, Corning, Inc.
  • Janet Bodner, '71, editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine
  • Greg Mitchell, '70, author/editor, and Goldsmith Book Prize recipient
  • Mike Dodd, '69, national sportswriter and investigative journalist
  • Charles Hanley, '68, former Associated Press journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Jackie Trescott, ’68, long-time principle arts news reporter for the Washington Post and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame
  • Joan Roeben Licursi, ’65, former managing director for Burson-Marsteller and a former senior vice president for Gilda’s Club Worldwide. She served on the St. Bonaventure Board of Trustees from 1994-2003
  • Patrick Farren, '66, former Peace Corps worker and co-founder of Peacework Magazine
  • Thomas Mosser, '65, former general manager at advertising giant Young & Rubicam
  • Lee Coppola, J.D., '64, former print/TV journalist, Asst. U.S. Attorney, J/MC dean, and George Polk Award winner
  • John Hanchette, '64, former Gannett News Service investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Dr. Mary Hamilton, '59, former newspaper reporter and editor, and former J/MC chair, now retired
  • Paul Wieland, '59, PR executive, sports broadcaster, reporter and professor
  • Robert Dubill, '58, former USA Today editor and Pulitzer Prize winner