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The CNS Broadcast Bureau - Spring 2005

The online news bureau crew, spring 2001
The TV news crew behind the anchor desk at the Richard Eaton Broadcast Center. From left: Executive Producer Sue Kopen Katcef and reporters Sangeetha Sarma, Mack Benton and Tisha Lanier. (Newsline photo by Melanie Lo)

The Executive Producer:

Sue Kopen Katcef has worked as a reporter and anchor for one of the country's top radio news departments, WBAL in Baltimore, and as a television reporter at Baltimore's WJZ and Maryland Public Television. She served as press secretary to a former Maryland State House speaker whom she followed to Washington when he became a congressman. She is now the faculty adviser to the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and a founding member of a statewide Bar, Bench and Media committee, which deals with issues involving the press, courts and other areas of law.

The grad students:

Mack Benton, 23, earned his bachelorís degree in English from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he also played football. After graduation, he hopes to be a sports reporter or anchor.

Tisha Lanier earned her bachelor's degree in English from Wake Forest University in North Carolina, where she minored in journalism. She interned at WXII-TV 12 in Winston-Salem, where she participated in her first on-air interview with NASCAR driver Junior Johnson. Raised in Atlanta, Lanier loves to travel and is interested in international reporting and producing.

Sangeetha Sarma, 24, earned her graduate degree in economics from Pune University in India. She was the evening drive-time anchor for the first privately owned radio station in Pune. After dabbling in radio for a year she turned to TV. She hopes to become a foreign correspondent or cover politics - or both.


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