Denise Kennedy-Shane can’t say goodbye to New Paltz.
“There’s a spirit that hovers over New Paltz,” she said. “Once you come in contact with it you’re never the same and you always return to this place.”
Since graduating in 1989, Kennedy-Shane has remained in contact with her alma mater. At first, she returned to the campus to visit friends still in school. Now, her contact has grown into more of a mentorship role.
Kennedy-Shane is a member of the Communication and Media Advisory Board and often attends the Communication and Media Department’s Media Day to speak with students enrolled in the program.
For Kennedy-Shane, her continued involvement in the Communication and Media Department is her way of giving back to a program that let her explore the field and learn that she never wanted to be in front of the camera.
“Being behind the scenes, putting it all together with a team of hardworking and fun people was a better fit for me,” she said.
In addition to her full-time career as a broadcast traffic coordinator for Mediacom in Manhattan, Kennedy-Shane had great success as a freelance production associate for a number of high profile sporting events with such organizations as the National Football League (NFL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA).
It was in 2002 that all her hard work paid off. Kennedy-Shane and the NBC Sports Division won a Sports Emmy for “Outstanding Coverage of a Live Sports Event” for their work on the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. As an associate producer for the primetime show, it was her job was to compile information for the different Olympic events and serve as a liaison between the director, producer and the rest of the crew.
With the award came a bittersweet feeling, as she retired from that part of her career. The Salt Lake City games marked the last time Kennedy-Shane worked on an Olympic broadcast. She had worked as a production associate for the Atlanta Centennial Olympiad in 1996 and the Sydney Olympiad in 2000. She said the Olympics taught her lot about different cultures and different styles of broadcasting.
“It’s like having all of the hard work, sacrifice, dreams and disappointments culminate into one,” she said of the award.
Yum: Kennedy-Shane likes to bake and try out new recipes when she finds time to work in her kitchen.
In action: In addition to working on sporting events, Kennedy-Shane likes to participate and watch them as well. She was a member of the Women’s Cross Country team at New Paltz and has competed in many charity runs.