To Whom it May Concern,
Robert Creenan served as a newsroom intern at WBFO Radio in the spring of 2016.
WBFO is the Buffalo region’s NPR station that also provides news and programs to repeater stations in Olean and Jamestown. We operate the largest radio newsroom in Western New York. Our 11 full-time and six part-time staffers have nearly 400 years of combined experience in journalism and broadcasting.
Robert worked closely with our team throughout the semester and honed his skills in researching, interviewing, writing and editing. He also learned our audio editing system. Over a four-month period, Robert worked on dozens of stories in a variety of news arenas, including business, education, health and neighborhood revitalization.
He also performed some important newsroom tasks during action-packed days.
Robert is an intelligent and resourceful individual who would be a quality contributor to a news-gathering organization.
Senior director of news and public affairs
I was fortunate to have Robert under my editorial wing twice, which is a rarity with interns. That gave me the chance to see first hand Robert’s ability to grow as a writer. When given proper direction, Robert is able to take the ball and run with it. He displays an earnest ability to learn the tricks of the trade, especially when he is working with subject matter that he readily identifies with. Robert is a keen listener and observer, and qualified writer when put to task. Robert inherently understands the assignments at hand, and rarely needs assistance when he is provided appropriate guidance from the start. Given a chance, Robert would dig in and get the job done, just as he did when interning at Buffalo Rising.
-Newell Nussbaumer, Buffalo Rising
Elizabeth Licata: Editor-in-Chief of Buffalo Spree Publishing
Jamie Moses: Editor of Artvoice
Catherine Foster: Director of the Canisius College journalism program
Jon Dicicco: Director of the Canisius College International Relations program