Alumna Shiba Russell Welcomes Communication Students to NBC New York


Seven Communication Arts students got a good look behind the scenes of the TV news business thanks to alumna Shiba Russell SAS'97, co-anchor of NBC 4 New York's 5 and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts.

The seven students, accompanied by professors Roxanne Zimmer and Michael Quinn, toured the channel's studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in midtown Manhattan on Monday, September 16. The group watched a live broadcast from the control room. The director spoke to the group while preparing for the show.

"I'm not easily impressed by technology but the control room looked rather like they were launching a rocket to Mars," Quinn said. "There had to be at least 50 screens showing video or graphics that could be integrated into the newscast, along with another 10 to 15 screens of non-NBC news shows."

The group then went down to the studio itself and watched as the stage manager juggled numerous tasks. Russell then met the group, giving them a tour of the hair and makeup room and various editing rooms, and introducing them to producers and others behind the scenes. Afterwards, the students sat down for a chat with Russell.

The visit was capped off by a peek from above the Saturday Night Live studio.

Russell graduated magna cum laude from CNR with a degree in Communication Arts. She also holds a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.