University News

College of Arts and Sciences Hosts Successful Event with Alumnus Bob Simone President and General Manager of 22 News

Published: May 02, 2024 | Categories: All News, Arts and Sciences
President and General Manager of 22News Bob Simone addresses Communication students in the WNE TV studio.

The WNE College of Arts and Sciences recently had the privilege of hosting esteemed alumnus Bob Simone, president, and general manager of 22 News, for an engaging discussion with communication students in the Multimedia Communication class.

The event, held in the TV Studio on Tuesday, April 9, provided students with a unique opportunity to gain insights from Simone's distinguished career in broadcasting which centered on his professional journey, offering valuable perspectives on the evolving media landscape and the opportunities it presents for aspiring communication professionals.

Springfield native Simone brings over three decades of broadcasting experience, excelling in station management, content development, and directing local TV and digital operations.

As vice president and general manager of WLNS-TV in Lansing, MI, Simone led the station to market dominance, earning numerous Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for exceptional news coverage. His success extends from key roles at KMSB-TV and KTTU-TV in Tucson, AZ, to leadership positions at WTXF-TV in Philadelphia, PA, and KDVR-TV in Denver, CO, where he consistently expanded local news programming and drove revenue growth.

With his extensive experience in broadcasting and his current leadership role at 22 News, Simone was uniquely positioned to provide students with real-world insights and advice.

The event was also an opportunity for students to network and engage with Simone directly. They had the chance to ask questions and gain firsthand knowledge from a prominent figure in the broadcasting industry.

Notably, several Western New England University students have had the privilege of working at 22 News, both currently and in the past. Past speakers, including Emma McKorkindale and Noah Snowden, shared their journeys from WNE to successful careers in media, highlighting the university's role in shaping their professional trajectories.

McKorkindale, a digital content producer, expressed her passion for storytelling at 22 News, while Snowden emphasized the significance of WNE's preparation for his role as a news producer. Such interactions not only inspire but also empower students to pursue their aspirations with confidence, armed with the knowledge and guidance of those who have walked the path before them.

Simone's visit provided an invaluable opportunity for current students to learn from one of their own, gaining insights that can inform their future career endeavors. "It is rewarding to invite WNE graduates, who are now professionals in media, back to campus to inspire our students and to help them make connections with those in the industry," said Professional Educator Brenda Garton-Sjoberg.

Simone is a graduate of West Springfield High School and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Western New England University in 1972.