SCSU Journalism alumni tapped for political communications jobs

Two Southern Connecticut State University Journalism alumni have been hired by Connecticut politicians after the 2018 election.

Jason Newton, then a reporter for WTNH, talks with Southern Connecticut State University students at the annual Alumni Night held Dec. 1, 2015 | Vern Williams Photo.

Jason Newton (’08) will serve as communications director for Jahana Hayes, a Connecticut Democrat elected to the 5th Congressional District in Connecticut this past November, according to the Hartford Courant. Newton previously worked as a broadcast journalist and press secretary for Pennsylvania Rep. Matt Cartwright.

Hayes also graduated from Southern.









Juliemar Ortiz, then a reporter at the New Haven Register, at Journalism Alumni night, Nov. 30, 2016. | Jodie Mozdzer Gil photo.

Juliemar Ortiz (’15) was hired by incoming Connecticut Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, according to the New Haven Independent. She will serve as press secretary for Bysiewicz.

Ortiz previously worked as a reporter for the New Haven Register and for the Connecticut Senate Democrats.

Featured image: Top row: Samuel Carmody, Adam Joseph, Jimmy Tickey. Bottom row: Cherie Phoenix-Sharpe, Susan Bysiewicz, Juliemar Ortiz. (Bysiewicz Facebook photo)