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Sarah Kunin ’09 interns for ABC News Radio Network in New York City

When news breaks at ABC News Radio Network, Sarah Kunin ’09 is at the center of the action. “I do a bit of everything here: I research stories, book interviews, and write stories,” Kunin explains. “If they are interesting enough, I take them to the editors and correspondents in the newsroom.”

But that is not where Kunin’s relationship with leading ABC news correspondents ends. During this internship, she has also been able to develop close relationships with some of the most talented broadcast journalists in the industry. “They are all open to teach me their craft. The correspondents and everyone at ABC want me to get my hands on all there is to experience here.”

Kunin’s experience has been both inside and out of the newsroom. Armed with a press pass, she joined other reporters at Giants Stadium the day before the Live Earth concert took place on July 7. She was able to walk the grounds to “get a feel for what the concert would be like,” and attend a press conference where former Vice President Al Gore and others spoke.

“This internship is absolutely awesome,” she says. But how did this rising William Smith junior land such an extraordinary opportunity? Her path to ABC News began during the HWS Media Day. The event, coordinated by the Career Services Office, led Kunin and other HWS students to media and communications offices in New York City, including the ABC studios.

“During our media tour, I met John McConnell P’08, senior vice president of programming at ABC News Radio. Afterward, I kept in contact with him, and our contact helped me get the internship.” Kunin also had additional help. “I worked one-on-one with Bob Murphy, director of the Salisbury Center for Career Services. I told him what I wanted to do, and he worked until I was completely satisfied with the internship that I got.”

With a double major in media and society and Spanish, and work broadcasting commentary on Hobart hockey games for WEOS-FM, Kunin says that the internship is a perfect match. “In my Intro to Media and Society class with Professor Linda Robertson, I learned about the history of important media figures paving the way in the industry. Now I have the experience of working with some of them,” she said. “It’s as complete an experience as an undergraduate could ask for.”