Broadcasting Through Adversity panel brings crisis experts to Stevens

“When disaster strikes, how do we keep the public informed?” was the question asked by the WCPR Alumni Association. On Wednesday, October 14, in the Bissinger Room, we heard the answers during our “Broadcasting Through Adversity” panel discussion.

Coordinated by WAA’s Technical Resource Officer Robert May, Class of 2013, and cohosted with the Stevens Alumni Association and Stevens Career Center, several key representatives from the fields of broadcasting and journalism came together to provide unique insight into how broadcasting infrastructure is maintained and secured during times of crisis. The discussion topics ranged from the cell phone disruptions on September 11, to the reliability of ham radio during Hurricane Sandy, to the necessity of contingency drills. The panelists discussed the (leadership qualities that shine in times of emergency and even how disaster can spur new developments in telecommunications and broadcasting.

Photos by Nick Gonzalez, class of 2014.


Lisa Pedrogo, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Implementation, CNN



Scott Griffin, Principal and VP of Engineering and Technology, The Systems Group

Chris Tobin, former Chief Engineer, 1010 WINS

Bob Desiato, Director of Disaster Recovery, AT&T

Jeff Kinney, Director of Field Operations/Chief Photographer, CNN

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