The world of televised journalism opened up for Dan Peluso '13 of Amsterdam, N.Y., as he spent the summer interning for a CBS station in the Albany, N.Y., as a producer, reporter and editor. Working with anchors and reporters such as Liz Bishop and Kelly O'Donnell, he said, gave him "fantastic" experiences that no classroom could ever provide.
"I've always admired broadcasting because of the power it has," Peluso said. "To me, it is an art form if you can gather enough information and make people feel what is happening."
Out in the field, Peluso helped bring stories to the public that ranged from shootings to a hometown athlete's dreams of becoming a professional. His favorite part of the internship was following the cameramen and reporters, and watching how quickly and creatively they and the news editors back at the station provided "amazing" visuals to match a story.
He also learned what it's like to report on a matter that had a personal impact, when a close friend of his passed away from injuries resulting from a motor vehicle accident. "It was part of my job to cover the story. That moment changed my life and made me think a lot about what I want to do for a career," Peluso said.
The internship also helped him realize how he might reach his highest potential.
"The most surprising thing I discovered was how raw and intense covering the news can be," Peluso explained. "I realized that medical experts, police officers and reporters all have a job that is completely unpredictable. If something awful happens, it's your job to get there to report, to help and to act professionally, and to also be a leader to everyone at home watching."
Peluso also was a leader on campus in his role as the Inter-Greek Council's president last year. And this year, he is the student trustee on MCLA's Board of Trustees.
"As I got more and more into broadcasting, I became exposed to a lot of political experiences," he said. "What better experience to get than to serve at this amazing institution? The people who work endless hours here are so inspiring. It's an honor to know that I can do something to give back to people like this, and let them know I can be a product of their knowledge and teaching."
As Pi Upsilon Pi's president this year, Peluso will work to raise money for a child with cystic fibrosis. "The first time I did that and saw the tears we brought to a mother's eyes upon our check presentation, I felt numb, humbled, achieved and honored. I cannot put into words how special something like that is," he said.
Peluso recommends MCLA to all prospective students because, "It has something for everyone. There's not a time I walk through campus and another student won't hold the door open for me. MCLA is a rare environment of positive-spirited, hard-working, caring people. That's something so hard to find these days. I truly appreciate it."