2013: Dr. Lewis B. O'Donnell Media Summit

Nov 19, 2013

Credit Dr. Lewis B. O'Donnell Media Summit / mediasummit.org

Get in the Game! The 9th annual Dr. Lewis B. O'Donnell Media Summit occuring in Waterman Theater on the SUNY Oswego campus this November 6. This year panelists discussed the world of sports and sports broadcasting.

The full broadcast is available below:


John Kucko - '87

Sports Anchor at WROC-TV, Rochester, NY. John joined WROC Television Channel 8 as Sports Director for News 8 Now in 1991. He has worked as a sportscaster in the Rochester market since 1989, and has covered the Buffalo Bills four Super Bowl teams, the 1989 US Open and the 1995 Ryder Cup matches at and the 85th PGA Championship at Oak Hill, where he anchored WROC-TV’s coverage of golfs final major.

Jay Beberman - '89

Jay Beberman ’89 has been the managing editor for sports at Bloomberg News, the world’s preeminent provider of financial news and information, since 1994. During that time he has led the company’s coverage of sports throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. His team of reporters and editors have had their breaking news and enterprise work honored by the Football Writers Association of America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association of America, New York Press Club, National Headliner Club and the Deadline Club. Beberman began his career at ABC Television's "Good Morning America" as a researcher. He earned his bachelor's degree in communication students at SUNY Oswego. Jay and his wife, Hillary, reside in Port Washington, N.Y. with their two sons and daughter.

Donna Goldsmith - '82

Donna Goldsmith is an industry-recognized executive who consistently delivers outstanding financial, operational and strategic results on a global scale.  She is recognized for her  negotiating skills, brand-building expertise and highly effective team leadership.  Her assets include extensive global licensing and merchandising expertise with the NBA and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE); financial leadership in a public company managing the corporate P&L from top line to EBITDA − including presenting to Wall Street analysts and investment bankers; and exceptional skills building top-tier teams committed to enterprise objectives.  Forbes named her as the second most powerful Woman in Sports in 2009.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude with B.A. in communication studies and Spanish minor from State University of New York at Oswego, and is an active member of Oswego’s Alumni Board of Directors.

Steve Levy - '87

Steve Levy has been an anchor on SportsCenter since joining ESPN in August 1993. Along the way, he has also handled play-by-play on the NHL (1995 – 2005) on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC Sports, college football on ESPN2 (1999 – 2002) and the NCAA Division I men’s hockey semifinals and finals – “The Frozen Four” – in 1998 and ’99. The versatile Levy has also served as the studio host for ESPN’s NHL telecasts and co-hosted The NFL on ESPN Radio — previewing, reviewing and updating National Football League games all day on Sundays throughout the season. Levy worked the three longest televised NHL playoff games in history – the five-overtime game between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in May 2000 on ESPN, the five-OT thriller between Anaheim and Dallas in April 2003 on ESPN and the four-overtime contest between Pittsburgh and Washington on ESPN2 in April 1996.