Buskin At Stony Brook

Outstanding Campus Journalism

The Buskin Committee for Outstanding Campus Journalism

The goal of the Buskin Committee is to foster excellence in journalism at Stony Brook University. The committee has conducted seminars, conferences and workshops on issues of importance to student journalists, including access to information on campus, covering sports, using technology, landing a job or an internship. Among the committee's priorities is to offer meaningful information in settings that can best assist Stony Brook's student journalists.

It also sponsors the annual Buskin Award for Outstanding Campus Journalism.


SAUNDRA BUSKIN has been a member of the committee since it was founded in 1976 in memory of her late husband, Martin Buskin, who was education editor at Newsday and the driving force behind the creation of the journalism program at Stony Brook. Mrs. Buskin is a Registered Nurse. The Buskins have two children, Linda Tuccio-Koonz, an editor at the Danbury News-Times, and Randi Baker, who has a managerial position in the garment industry.

LINDA TUCCIO-KOONZ is the daughter of the late Martin Buskin. Inspired by her father's love of journalism, she started her career as a reporter on Long Island and now is Features Editor at The News-Times in Danbury, Conn. A graduate of Syracuse University, she has written for Newsday, The New York Times and The Boston Globe. At The Kennebec Journal in Maine, she helped lead the FBI to the body of a murdered student after interviewing a suspect in the case. The story won a first place award from the New England Associated Press, an honor among many she has earned over the years. Her writing has also appeared in "Chicken Soup for the Working Woman's Soul" and in Connecticut Home & Garden magazine.

Contact: lkoonz@newstimes.com

ISOBEL BREHENY-SCHAFER is the Assistant Director of Student Media Services in the Department of Student Activities and General Manager of WUSB 90.1 FM radio at Stony Brook University, N.Y. She advises all the recognized Student Campus Media, Print, Television, Online News and Radio organizations at Stony Brook University. Mrs. Schafer teaches the WUSB radio training class that prepares students and community members to become radio station on air and behind the scenes staff . She is a member of the College Media Advisors Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Broadcast Education Association.

Contact: ibreheny@notes.cc.sunysb.edu

FRED BRUNING retired in 2004 from Newsday, where he was a reporter in Newsday's Part 2 feature section. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor of journalism degree in January, 1964 and was awarded an MFA in creative writing by Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, N.C., in 1978. He has worked for six daily newspapers and Newsweek magazine. He also taught at Stony Brook for many years.

Contact: Bruning@optonline.net

JOE CAPONI (class of 1987) is managing editor, operations for Channelweb, the leading news and community destination for technology solution providers. Prior to that, he held a number of Internet and print publication positions at CMP Media properties, including at VARBusiness, Network Computing and InformationWeek magazines. He's produced publications at locations from San Diego to Germany, but most fondly remembers his years in the basement of Old Bio (then Central Hall, now the Student Activities Center), putting out The Stony Brook Press. He was executive editor from 1983 to 1985, launching the paper's summer edition, as well as publishing (he believes) the largest number of Press issues in one school year.

Contact: 516-562-7609, jcaponi@cmp.com

CARL CORRY (class of 1996; chairman, Buskin Committee) is the online local news editor at Newsday. Previously, he was executive producer of News 12 Interactive and served as editor of Long Island Business News, where he had earlier been a reporter covering a variety of beats. He also worked for financial news site Marketwatch.com as a spot news and Internet reporter and freelanced for the New York Post and Newsday. A former president of the Press Club of Long Island, he is a director at large of the Society of Professional Journalists and a past Region 1 Director of SPJ. Corry has won PCLI Media Awards for blogging, deadline writing, business journalism and editorial writing. In 2005, he was awarded PCLI's Phil Spahn Award.

Contact: 631-843-4890, carl.corry@newsday.com

ZACHARY R. DOWDY (class of 1989; Buskin Award winner, 1988) is a criminal justice reporter at Newsday who also covers legal issues and international affairs from the United Nations and abroad. He was editor-in-chief of Blackworld for two years and decided to become a journalist after his first internship, at The Syracuse Newspapers. He also worked as a researcher at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center. He holds master's degrees in English and journalism from Harvard and Columbia universities, respectively. Dowdy has worked as a reporter at The Boston Herald and The Boston Globe, where he served as a general assignment reporter covering local issues including urban affairs and corrections. Dowdy is currently vice president-print for the New York Association of Black Journalists and a former president of the Boston Association of Black Journalists.

Contact: 631-843-2294, zrdowdy@yahoo.com

DAVID JOACHIM (class of 1993; Buskin Award winner, 1992; past chairman, Buskin Committee) is the weekend Washington editor at The New York Times. He also teaches business reporting at George Washington University. Before Washington, he was The Times's banking editor and weekend business editor in New York. He also spent a decade in the technology press, most recently as group editor for six magazines published by CMP Media (now United Business Media). He is a past president of the Deadline Club, the New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He got his start at Newsday, where he covered high school and college sports. In college he was editor in chief of the Statesman newspaper, a Newsday intern and a New York Times stringer. He lives in Capitol Hill with his wife, Jade-Snow, a photojournalist. More information and links to his articles are at www.davidjoachim.com.

Contact: 202-862-0369, joachim@nytimes.com

LAURA (LO) DELANY (class of 1998) spent three years as a reporter and editor at the Stony Brook Statesman and is a former Newsday copy-editing intern. She was an assistant news editor at Newsday for 5 years and a copy editor at The Boston Globe. She lives in Massachusetts, where she freelances.

Contact: roselaura@yahoo.com

NORM PRUSSLIN (class of 1969) is director of the Media Minor/Living Learning Center for Media Programs at Stony Brook University. He serves as assistant director, Student Union and Activities at SBU where he manages WUSB 90.1FM and advises the Student Media Council. He serves as president of the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, the nation's oldest and largest college radio station membership organization. Norm is also an active member of many other media industry associations including the Society of Professional Journalists (board member, Press Club of Long Island chapter), College Media Advisers, Broadcast Education Association and the Radio/TV News Directors Association.

Contact: 631-632-6823, nprusslin@notes.cc.sunysb.edu

PAUL SCHREIBER is the School of Journalism’s Undergraduate Director. Before that, he was a reporter, editor and business columnist at Newsday for 33 years. He graduated from the University of Miami and started his career as a reporter at The Miami Herald. Between 1987 and 2000, Schreiber taught Feature Writing and Magazine Writing at Stony Brook and was director of the journalism minor. In 2002, he was named "Outstanding Long Island Journalist" by Press Club of Long Island. He returned to Stony Brook in 2004 and again is teaching, advising students and helping develop the journalism program.

Contact: paul.schreiber@stonybrook.edu