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Emmy Award–Winning Business Journalist to Speak at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — Emmy Award–winning business journalist Carl Quintanilla will present “From the Financial Market to the Twitter Revolution” at Ithaca College on Thursday, April 10. Free and open to the public, his talk is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Emerson Suites and is part of the Jessica Savitch Distinguished Journalism Lecture Series.

Quintanilla is one of the principal anchors of CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” program, broadcast live Monday through Friday from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Since joining the network in 1999, he has covered a wide range of stories for both CNBC and NBC News, including the Beijing and London Olympics, the reconstruction of postwar Iraq and the 2004 U.S. presidential campaign. In 2005, he spent weeks in New Orleans as part of NBC’s team coverage of Hurricane Katrina, for which he shared a national Emmy, an RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award and a Peabody Award.

Quintanilla also serves as the correspondent for the CNBC series “Crime Inc.” and has reported several one-hour documentaries for the network, including “#TwitterRevolution,” “The Costco Craze: Inside the Warehouse Giant,” “Big Mac: Inside the McDonald's Empire” and “Trash Inc: The Secret Life of Garbage.”

Prior to joining NBC, Quintanilla spent six years as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in its Chicago bureau, covering airlines, manufacturing and economic issues. He also wrote a weekly column on workplace issues and on-the-job trends for the newspaper’s front page.

Sponsored by the Roy H. Park School of Communications, the Jessica Savitch Distinguished Journalism Lecture Series brings a broadcast journalist to campus each year to honor the legacy of the 1968 Ithaca College graduate who became an Emmy Award-winning NBC News anchor and correspondent. Previous speakers in the series have included Lester Holt, Ann Curry, David Muir ’95, Andrea Mitchell and Natalie Morales.

Quintanilla’s appearance also serves as the kickoff to the Park School’s Media for Social Responsibility minicourse, which this year will focus on the same subject as his public talk. Students will examine how the media are dealing with such issues as journalists’ coverage of financial markets; mainstream and social media’s effects on financial markets; grassroots campaigns, such as Occupy Wall Street; and economic inequality.

Other speakers for the course, appearing either in person of via Skype, will include:

  • Carol Massar, chief national correspondent for Bloomberg Television and cohost of “Bloomberg on the Economy” on Bloomberg Radio
  • Dan Gillmor, founding director of the new Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship
  • David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter and author of “The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use ‘Plain English’ to Rob You Blind”
  • Alka Bramhandkar, professor of finance and international business in the Ithaca College School of Business
  • Alexa O’Brien, journalist, digital media strategist and cofounder of Occupy Wall Street
  • Calvin Chestnut, Ithaca College student and Google Glass app developer

For more information, contact Melissa Gattine, marketing communications manager in the Park School, at (607) 274-1023 or mgattine@ithaca.edu.



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