Alumni News

From staff writer at The Daily Orange to staff writer at 'How I Met Your Mother'

A decade ago, when Craig Gerard would pick up his free tickets from 744 Ostrom to critique movies for The Daily Orange, he could only dream he might one day be writing for a wildly successful television show. Since graduating from Syracuse University in 2004, Gerard has risen through the ranks of the hit CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother.” The show ends March 31, after nine seasons.

'Mac' makes Broadway: Friends say Tom Hanks ‘got it’ as Mike McAlary in Nora Ephron’s ‘Lucky Guy’

Mike McAlary (’79), who was often referred to as “Mac,” was sports editor at The Daily Orange and later went on to the New York Daily News, where he became a star columnist and won a Pulitzer Prize shortly before he died from colon cancer in 1998.  His life was portrayed by Tom Hanks in Nora Ephron’s play “Lucky Guy,” which ran on Broadway from April to July. The play, Ephron’s final work, received six Tony Award nominations.

Q&A: Harry Rosenfeld ('52) discusses his career and new memoir, 'From Kristallnacht to Watergate'

Harry Rosenfeld, 84, is the editor at large of Albany’s Times Union and the author of the recently released memoir “From Kristallnacht to Watergate." The '52 alumnus spoke with The Daily Orange about his experience fleeing Nazi Germany, his career as a journalist and his perspective as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's metro editor.

Newsmakers: Meg Paradise '06

Then: Design editor and art director
Now: Co-founder of the branding company Guts & Glory, behind Helvetica the Perfume and

Newsmakers: Larry Kramer '72

Larry Kramer

Then: City editor of The Daily Orange and editor of The Promethean, which merged with The D.O. and an SU weekly in 1971 to form the independent D.O., Class of 1972
Now: President and publisher of USA Today


By Dara McBride
Development editor

Newsmakers: Dave Levinthal '02

Dave Levinthal

Then: Editor in chief, managing editor
Now: Senior reporter at the Center for Public Integrity after covering the presidential election for Politico

By Avery Hartmans

Asst. copy editor

Newsmakers: Mike Janela '07

Mike Janela

Design firm Upstatement redesigns D.O. website

By Chelsea DeBaise

Feature editor

In the eyes of Upstatement, college newspapers are no less valued than professional publications.

Alumni Newsmakers

Alumni Newsletter / Winter 2010 Eli Saslow One letter came from an illegal immigrant. Another from a Tea Party supporter in Texas. An almost-bankrupt Michigan woman wrote a third. For several months now, Eli Saslow (Sports Editor, Class of '03) has chased down these letter writers. They share little in common, except that each sent a letter to President Barack Obama. Saslow intends to use their lives, their thoughts and why they wrote to Obama to write a new book due to his publisher, Doubleday, in February.