A Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, Alex Storozynski has come a long way from his days as a political science major at SUNY New Paltz.
As a student, Storozynski looked forward to a career as a lawyer, though became immersed in the world of political journalism after interning at the Legislative Gazette in Albany.
"I learned a lot about how politics works," said Storozynski, who after graduating earned his graduate degree in Journalism at Columbia University.
The son of Polish immigrants, Storozynski traveled to Warsaw, Poland on a post-graduate fellowship to explore his roots, study Polish and write. He freelanced for American newspapers and interviewed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa and other political, social and religious figures after the crackdown on the Solidarity movement.
In 1988, Storozynski returned to New York and became the managing editor of the Queens Chronicle and then the editor at the Empire State Report.
Five years later, he bridged the gap between journalism and politics and became the deputy director of public information for the New York State Thruway Authority and public relations director for its subsidiary, the New York State Canal Corporation, ultimately becoming the press secretary for the New York State attorney general.
In 1996, Storozynski joined The Daily News as a member of its editorial board. It was there that he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his editorial work on complex public policy issues.
After two years as editor in chief of amNewYork, a daily newspaper, Storozynski has found a new way to meld his passion for history and politics and love of writing, as a screenwriter. He is currently writing a screenplay based on a general in Poland's elite special forces, "GROM." If successful, he hopes to write more screenplays and start work on a novel.
Why New Paltz? Storozynski was drawn to New Paltz because it offered a course
that spent a semester at the United Nations.
Influenced by: Former SUNY New Paltz professor Alan Chartock and Columbia University Professor Saul Friedman
Hobbies: Doing the lemon-squeeze at Mohonk
Little-Known Fact: Storozynski just bought a house in the Catskill region.