Jenn Bernstein, a FOX61 anchor and political reporter, addresses high school students at the 33rd annual High School Journalism Day at Southern Connecticut State University on Oct. 21, 2016. | Vern Williams photo.

The 36th annual High School Journalism Day will be held at Southern Connecticut State University on Oct. 25, 2019. The keynote speaker will be WTNH reporter Mario Boone.

Headshot of Mario Boone. WTNH photo

WTNH Reporter Mario Boone (WTNH photo)

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Information about past events can be found below.


High School Journalism Day is held each year to expose students to the journalism industry and working journalists. It is part of the mission of the department to help contribute to the growth and preparation of future journalists in the state.

Past keynote speakers include:

Members of the Southern News staff pose with Laura Hutchinson, 2017 High School Journalism Day keynote speaker.| Vern Williams photo

2018: Ebong Udoma, WSHU radio/NPR 
2017: Laura Hutchinson, WTNH anchor
2016: Jenn Bernstein, FOX 61 anchor and political reporter
2015: Dennis House, WFSB Eyewitness News anchor
2014: Darren Sweeney, meteorologist for NBC Connecticut
2013: Alaine Griffin, Hartford Courant reporter
2012: Keisha Grant, NBC CT news anchor and reporter (cancelled due to weather)
2011: Mike Piskorski, FOX CT photographer and editor
2010: Paul Bass, New Haven Independent editor
2009: Erin Cox, WTNH 8 general and investigative reporter
2008: Rob Parker, ESPN Radio sports talk show host, Detroit News sports columnist
2007: Barbara Pinto, ABC News correspondent
2006: Frank Harris III, Hartford Courant columnist and SCSU Journalism Department chair

A high school student asks a question during the 34th annual High School Journalism Day at Southern Connecticut State University. | Vern Williams photo

2005: Jocelyn Maminta, WTNH 8 co-anchor and reporter
2004: Joanne Nesti, NBC 30 news anchor
2003: Leon Collins, WFSB 3 news anchor and reporter
2002: Ann Nyberg, WTNH 8 news anchor
2001: Dennis House, WFSB news anchor

2000: Keith Kountz, WTNH 8 news anchor
1999: Gerry Brooks, WVIT 30 news anchor