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The TV News Bureau - Fall 2002

Their work airs weeknights at 7:30 p.m. on UMTV. That's Channel 72 in Prince George's County; Channel 2 in Montgomery County.

The TV Bureau Crew, Fall 2002. Mark Lodato is at far left. (Photo by Chris Harvey)
The fall 2002 TV news crew at the UMTV studio on campus. Mark Lodato is standing far left. Next to him are: (back row) Antonio Viardo, Charlisa Gordon and Rishi Barran; (seated left) Jill Riding; (standing center) Angela Andreae, Christian Sorge and Kate Ermolovich; (seated center and right) Agnes Lee and Katie Calautti. (Photo by Chris Harvey)

The bureau chief:

Emmy-winning journalist Mark Lodato joined the faculty in December 2000 from WUSA-TV (CBS Washington), where he worked as a reporter and anchor. He has more than 10 years of experience in broadcast journalism: He  was as a correspondent for KNXV-TV, the ABC affiliate in Phoenix, and reported for KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Mo., and WINK-TV, the CBS affiliate in Fort Myers, Fla. Lodato was an adjunct journalism professor at Arizona State University.

The grad students:

Kate Ermolovich, 23, is covering Chris Van Hollen in the 8th District congressional race for Maryland Newsline. She has done internships at WJLA, Dateline NBC and Voice of America and will be graduating in December. She received her undergraduate degree in theater and media studies in 2001 from The Catholic University of America, where she wrote for her school paper.

Charlisa Gordon, 24, is a graduate student who earned her bachelor's degree in marketing and advertising at Rider University in 2000. She is covering Republican Rep. Connie Morella's re-election bid. She will graduate this spring.

Jill Riding, 24, is covering politics and GOP gubernatorial candidate Robert Ehrlich for Maryland Newsline. She is completing her final semester of graduate study in broadcast journalism. Riding received her bachelor's degree in English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has interned at the Baltimore City Paper and WMAR Channel 2 News. She can be reached at: jillriding@hotmail.com

Antonio Viardo, 28, is a graduate journalism student who expects to complete his degree in December. He serves as a general assignment reporter and anchor for the show. He graduated in print journalism from the University of California at Berkeley and has done social work and print journalism in several countries of Southeast Asia. Recently, he's interned and worked as an assistant producer for the CBS News program, 60 Minutes II.

The undergrads:

Angela Andreae, 23, is a senior broadcast journalism major who will cover homeland defense and other stories for Maryland Newsline. She has interned at NBC in Washington and Fox45 in Baltimore. Andreae also worked at a local NBC station in her hometown of South Bend, Ind. You can reach her at mailto:andreae@wam.umd.edu.

Rishi Barran, 21, is a senior journalism major who covers health, sports and a variety of other issues for the news bureau. Barran interned last summer at WMAL news radio in Washington and has had television internships at WTTG-TV Fox 5 in Washington and WIXT-TV News Channel 9 in Syracuse, N.Y. He also does play-by-play and color commentary for University of Maryland football and basketball on the campus' WMUC radio station, where he has volunteered the last four years. He can be reached at rbarran@wam.umd.edu.

Katie Calautti, 21, is a senior broadcast journalism major who is covering education and the environment, as well as Montgomery County issues. She grew up in Albany, N.Y., where she interned at both the ABC and NBC affiliate stations. She began volunteering for Maryland Newsline last fall and began directing the show last semester. She hopes to graduate this summer.

Agnes Lee, 21, a senior, is covering Prince George's County and the county executive race for Newsline. Originally from Guam, Lee has been a Maryland resident for three years. She has interned at WJLA, the ABC TV station in Washington.

Christian Sorge, 22, is a senior broadcast journalism major. He is covering transportation and acts as director of the nightly news show. He is also news director for the university's WMUC Radio. Sorge has had internships at MSNBC in New Jersey, Dateline NBC in Washington, MTV and Z100 in New York. He has been recognized nationally by the Society of Professional Journalists for TV news photography.

Copyright 2002 University of Maryland College of Journalism


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