Two Journalism Grads Land Broadcasting Jobs
Congratulations, Tyler daRosa and Matt Holderman, 2021 Keene State Graduates!
Tyler daRosa (BA, Journalism News Media; minor in Journalism Multimedia)
Tyler will be leaving after Commencement for Bridgeport, West Virginia, to join WDTV-TV, a CBS affiliate, as a morning anchor and reporter. He fell in love with broadcasting in high school in Braintree, Massachusetts, and a teacher recommended he study sports journalism in college. Keene State had the right program, and Tyler jumped on the opportunity. In addition to learning the whole package of broadcasting – camera work, editing, packaging stories, reporting live – Tyler did independent study with PeggyRae Johnson of the Theater Department to get better at using his voice on camera. She helped him learn to slow down, pitch his voice properly, and express his personality in front of a camera. “I wouldn’t have landed that job without her,” Tyler said. He’s been a familiar reporter and anchor on KSC-TV’s sports and news programs.
Matt Holderman (BA Journalism Multimedia)
As a newly minted television journalist, Matt will be asked to jump onto breaking news stories, and sometimes serve as both cameraman and reporter in his new job at stations WHBF (CBS) and KLJB-TV (Fox) in Rock Island, Illinois. Matt will draw on his deep Keene State experience, between his sports reporting for the student newspaper, the Equinox, and hours in class practicing in front of a teleprompter. He credits journalism professor Chad Nye and assistant sports director Abe Osheyack for teaching him how to research and present a story. “Dr. Nye said the job will be everything we learned at Keene State, just five times faster,” Matt said. He hopes to move into live sports reporting as he grows in his profession. Matt will move from his home in Canaan, Connecticut to Rock Island and the Quad Cities the first week in June.
Best wishes on the start of your careers, Tyler and Matt!