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WTEN Anchor Lydia Kulbida to Speak on Social Media at MCLA

03/25/2011

NORTH ADAMS, MA - News anchor Lydia Kulbida of WTEN in Albany, N.Y., will speak on "Social Media - The Changes Facing Journalism," at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) on Wednesday, March 30, at 9:30 a.m. in Murdock Hall room 218. 

The event is free and open to the public. 

Kulbida will discuss how people are seeking to have their voices heard in an increasingly complicated public domain, where electronic media like Twitter, Facebook and other emergent systems of communication conflict with the interests of dominant media news networks.  

She will be on campus March 29-31 as this year's MCLA Hardman Journalist in Residence. Each spring, a journalist visits the English and Communications Department at MCLA to participate in classes and workshops with students. In this position, the visiting journalist facilitates journalism and broadcasting students in their storytelling practices. This involves print, online and broadcast aspects of journalism. 

"The opportunity for students to work with a successful broadcast journalist like Lydia Kulbida is rare," said Dr. Michael Birch, MCLA communications professor. "Her presence on campus will make for special learning experiences from which our students can only prosper, so we are very pleased to welcome her to MCLA. Storytelling takes so many forms in contemporary media. With her knowledge as an accomplished practitioner, I have every confidence our students will flourish through her sharing her special journalistic skills and experience." 

Kulbida is the Channel 10 News anchor for ABC in Albany, N.Y.  She joined News 10 in September 2009 with almost a decade's worth of broadcasting experience in the Capital Region.  During that time, she was part of the Best Newscast as chosen by the New York State Broadcaster's Association.

On her first day on air at WTEN, Kulbida anchored the station's coverage of President Barack Obama's visit to the Capital Region. During her career, she also has covered numerous national political conventions, and soared with both the U. S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, piloting an F-16 herself.

Kulbida is active in her community and with various charities, including the March of Dimes, the Alzheimer's Association of Northeastern New York, The Legal Project, Zorepad Ukrainian Folk Dancers, Living Resources and the Center for Independence.  She was honored by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children for her work in promoting the safety and welfare of children

She came to the Capital Region from WWLP-TV 22 in Springfield, Mass., where she anchored the 5 p.m. news and reported for more than four years. Her on-camera career began in the North Country, anchoring and reporting at TV-8 in Glens Falls, N.Y. She then spent four years in Buffalo, N.Y., working as a news anchor and music director for that city's National Public Radio affiliate, WBFO-FM.

Kulbida has a B.A. in broadcast journalism from New York University. She and her husband, a physician at Bellevue Woman's Hospital, have two children.

In addition to the Hardman Journalist in Residence program, MCLA presents a Hardman Lecture each fall. Both programs are made possible through the generosity of the Hardman Family Endowment.  

For more information, go to www.mcla.edu/About_MCLA/notablespeakers/hardmanlectureseries .