Clover Quigley, HWS ’15, Catches Up with WHWS!

BY LAUREL BROWN

This past week, 105.7 FM got in touch with Clover Quigley, HWS Class of 2015, to see what this esteemed WHWS alum has been up to!

“These days I am finishing my second year of service with Teach For America in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,” she told us via Facebook.  “I’m also working on my master’s in Public Administration at Louisiana State University.”

As a student at Hobart and William Smith, Quigley studied Philosophy and Psychology. She also minored in French and, in addition to playing a major role at WHWS, was a Resident Assistant, Lead Teaching Fellow for Philosophy, and a member of the female a cappella group Three Miles Lost.

“If I were to describe myself in college, I’d say that I felt like I was busy all the time because I always kept myself occupied with all of the opportunities HWS had to give me,” Quigley wrote.

When asked about her time spent in the station, Quigley gushed. “I absolutely LOVED being a part of WHWS,” she wrote. “Every week I could come in and just chill in the studio with my music and share it with whoever wanted to listen. It really made me feel a part of something special.”

Her love for all things music has not faded since her college radio days, either. “Not much has changed,” Quigley told us. “I’m enjoying the long days and evenings and still bumpin the tunes any chance I get – especially on my long, long drive to work.”

“I think my time at WHWS has certainly influenced my career path!” Quigley also wrote. “Actually, I was sitting in the studio doing my show back when I first found out I had been accepted to Teach For America’s intern program my junior year. I still remember (secretly) dancing around the studio.”

In the coming months, Quigley hopes to continue teaching in Baton Rouge and finish her master’s degree. “I’ll come back north… eventually,” she teased. “Mardi Gras has my heart for now!”

How Nora Abramov, HWS ’16, Found Her Future

BY LAUREL BROWN

Looking for a reason to join WHWS radio? Hobart and William Smith (HWS) alum Nora Abramov can name more than a few! Earlier this week, we reached out to Abramov to discover her favorite WHWS pastimes and learn how the radio has helped her since graduating.

Abramov stumbled upon the radio during her time at HWS when looking for a way to make money – and it turned out to be a great fit. “When I walked into WHWS, my motive was to get a job on campus so I could make some extra cash,” she revealed through Facebook. “WHWS was looking for a newscaster, so I decided to email Greg Cotterill to inquire more about the position. Greg immediately responded with open doors.”

Lucky for Abramov, her search for extra cash helped her find her calling. “Little did I know, this job on campus turned into a passion and completely influenced the direction I have decided to pursue,” she wrote. “It was after my first day at WHWS that I decided I was going to become a journalist. I fell in love with sharing stories and current events with people.”

In addition to studying Public Policy and Economics at HWS, Abramov volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and was a career ambassador for Career Services. “Most of my time was spent reporting the news for WHWS,” she wrote.

However, HWS was not a breeze for Abramov. She found the first two years of college to be difficult until she found her niche with WHWS. “Truth be told, college was not a walk in the park for me… I was extremely unmotivated during freshman and sophomore year – I would go through the required motions of going to class and doing my homework but it was all very nonchalant.”

Once she stepped foot into the WHWS studio, though, Abramov knew what she wanted to do. “Things started falling into place during the end of sophomore year after I joined WHWS and solidified my career path,” she explained. “I would always answer ‘successful’ when people asked what I wanted to be when I grew up but I never knew in what way. After realizing my dream of becoming a journalist, I became very driven and motivated to achieve all of these goals and dreams I set for myself.”

When asked about the atmosphere of WHWS, Abramov recalled how perfect the studio was as a place to relax and feel at home. “WHWS has always been a place where I could decompress. The atmosphere encouraged creativity and it was overall a very peaceful place to be.”

This past October, Abramov visited HWS and made sure to check in at the radio. “WHWS was my first stop [when I visited] – Greg even let me do my regular newscast while I was there. The homely atmosphere was just as I remembered it.”

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Nora Abramov, HWS ’16, works at her desk.

What is Abramov up to now? Well, she is living in New York City as a Production Assistant at CNN – and she could not be happier. Her position entails working directly with producers and executives to create content for the CNN channel.

She also explained their newest project and her excitement at getting more involved in the reporting process.  “I am currently working on a new five-part docu-series set to premiere on CNN this fall,” Abramov wrote. “One of the episodes in the series centers in on the prevalent heroin and opioid epidemic in New Hampshire. We’ve been researching this story for over a month and next week I finally get to travel to New Hampshire to help field produce the episode.”

In the field, Abramov looks forward to conducting interviews, gathering research, and getting hands-on experience with the documentary process. “This is the first story I’ve worked on for CNN where I actually get to travel to the field and help bring a story to life. This is above any expectation I’ve had and to be living it out is an absolute dream come true. To say I enjoy it is an understatement!”

Down the road, Abramov is excited to continue growing as a journalist and “a truth-teller.”

“I believe journalists have a critical obligation to bring forth consequential issues impacting our world,” she wrote. “I hope to continue shedding light on these important issues and to never take advantage of this responsibility. In addition to producing content, I hope to one day transition over to on-air reporting.”

Even with so much going on, Abramov still values the time she spent at WHWS and hopes to continue visiting. “I look forward to many more visits back to WHWS and hopefully Greg will still let me do my newscast… even when I’m 50!”

Thank you for taking the time to share your WHWS experience, Nora. We will keep an eye out for you around campus!

Teaganne Finn, HWS ’17, Springboards from WHWS to Investigative Journalism

By Laurel Brown

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of catching up with esteemed Hobart and William Smith (HWS) graduate and notable WHWS radio alum Teaganne Finn. Finn graduated from HWS in May of 2016 after majoring in Writing and Rhetoric and minoring in Media and Society. In addition to spending hours in the WHWS studio prerecording newscasts for the week, Finn was the Editor in Chief of The Odyssey as well as a coordinator for Geneva Heroes, a local community service and outreach program. “I would say in college I was driven and passionate about my Writing and Rhetoric major. I liked to have fun on the weekends and I was studious during the week,” Finn revealed.

Although she is a recent graduate, I reached out to give Finn the opportunity to reflect on her time at HWS and her involvement in WHWS radio. “WHWS definitely impacted me during my college years. I became passionate about journalism through [my] newscasts every week,” she said. Finn fostered her love for journalism and media through her work at WHWS, and she regarded her time spent in the studio as pleasant and constructive. The radio allowed her to explore different mediums of reporting and gain exposure to public communication during her exploration of the news realm.

For Finn, WHWS was a preliminary taste of the world of journalism, while she was also busy experiencing college and preparing for the career choices she would soon have to make. “Working for WHWS definitely was an enjoyable and amazing learning experience… I’m glad I had those vocal skills [from WHWS] during my first few weeks of class [in graduate school].” That’s right – Finn is now in graduate school. Directly after earning her degree from HWS, Finn enrolled at American University in Washington, D.C. “I am in the School of Communications studying Journalism and I concentrate in Investigative Journalism,” she said.

Finn has begun to make a name for herself as a reporter and journalist on-the-rise, grabbing opportunities as they come her way and working hard to learn all she can in preparation for a life dedicated to revealing the news. “This semester I am working on the Investigative Team at the Washington Post as an intern and I am interning at Reporters Without Borders in the D.C. office,” Finn said. No doubt the access to and support from WHWS only prepared Finn further for her intense future of researching, investigating, and writing.

Looking forward to the rest of the spring semester, Finn’s busy schedule only leaves room for more excitement and passion in both the classroom and the newsroom. Her prestigious internship positions speak true to her dedicated, hardworking nature. Finn’s recollection of the constructive times she spent at WHWS is a testimony to the passion she invested in the organization and the experience the radio provided her with. WHWS wishes you the best of luck, Teaganne!