Student Advisory Board

The Student Advisory Board is comprised of journalism student leaders dedicated to improving the student experience and bridging the gap between students and faculty.

We value the School of Journalism’s tight-knit culture. Our academic, professional, and social events are aimed at fostering and building strong relationships while centered around the initial interest in journalism and media.

We address common issues that students face, curriculum concerns and lend support to journalism students.

Gregory Cannella

Gregory Cannella is a senior at Stony Brook University. He is currently the News Director for WUSB 90.1 F.M. and runs a show call the WUSB News At Noon every Friday from 12 to 1 p.m. Greg joined the Stony Brook Independent in his junior year and is currently a staff writer.

Greg was a transfer student and is on the broadcast track in the School of Journalism. He has always had an interest in the production side of journalism, but realized his passion is being in front of the camera. Greg was the sideline reporter for Roth Regatta Live and a reporter for the Stony Brook Newsbreak. This past summer, he interned at News 12 Interactive where he focused on producing web content for all News 12 regions.

Greg hopes one day be a national news correspondent.

Kayla Shults

Kayla-Shults-JRNAdvisoryBoardKayla is a junior journalism major and international studies minor who first discovered her passion for journalism as a child watching the television show Gilmore Girls. After the main character Rory declared her admiration for foreign correspondent Christiane Amanpour, Kayla discovered that there was a job that could combine her love for writing and seeing the world.

She knew the Stony Brook School of Journalism was the right fit for her after touring the newsroom as a high school junior. The Port Jefferson Station native found a place close to home and close to Manhattan, the world’s epicenter for journalism.

Kayla is on the broadcast track and figured out that she wanted to work either in front of or behind the cameras after anchoring Stony Brook Newsbreak. She was an associate producer for the School of Journalism’s Roth Regatta Live, and is currently a contributor on the WUSB News at Noon with her own segment, The Hollywood Hookup, and works as the news editor for the Stony Brook Independent.

She just finished her internship with, in which she wrote nearly 100 stories throughout the Summer.

Kelly Zegers

Kelly-Zegers-JRNAdvisoryBoardKelly Zegers a senior journalism and political science double major. She always loved writing and learning new things about the world, knowing for a long time that she wanted to give journalism a try.

As a freshman at Stony Brook, she joined The Statesman, where she continues to practice her writing, reporting and photography skills. She is currently a managing editor at the publication.

In the Spring of her junior year, Kelly had the chance to intern for the Long Island desk at Newsday, where she was treated like any other reporter and got to see her byline in print and online.

In early June 2015, Kelly was part of the Journalism Without Walls trip to Bangalore, India. Reporting in another country was an eye-opening experience for her and made her want to travel more to bring back stories from places different from her native Long Island.

Kelly has been the recipient of a few scholarships and awards available to the School of Journalism students, including the Michael S. Rosenbaum Memorial Scholarship, the Fritzi Weinstein Scholarship and the Martin Buskin Award for Campus Journalism.


Kelly Saberi

Kelly Saberi is a sophomore on the broadcast track minoring in Spanish Language and Literature.  She joined The Statesman in her first semester here at Stony Brook and is currently an assistant news editor at the publication.

Kelly dreams of being a foreign correspondent, bringing stories that seem remote to us to life. Her goal is to cover these issues in hopes of making a difference.

Outside of journalism, Kelly is a fellow for the University Scholars program and also works as a fitness instructor at the Campus Recreation Center. In addition, she contributes her time to being her hall council vice president.

Francesca Campione


As a high school student Francesca Campione became interested in journalism when she realized it paired two of her interests, writing and photography.

As a student at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism Francesca was eager to become involved. Joining the Statesman her freshman year, Francesca soon began to develop her experience in writing. During the month of June 2014 Francesca traveled to China with the School of Journalism’s Journalism Without Walls program. Francesca was honored to be the first recipient of the Michael S. Rosenbaum Memorial Scholarship, which she used to fund her trip.

Now, Francesca is the Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor at The Statesman and has completed her first internship this past summer. She worked as a Editorial/Digital intern at the Queens Ledger. There she wrote stories daily to be published in eight weekly papers, contributed to the production of the paper’s mobile app and managed multiple blogs and social media accounts.

Outside of her journalism classes, Francesca is a Section Leader of the drum line in the Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band. She feels that being involved is the best way to be an informed writer on campus.

Hanaa’ Tameez

Hanaa_TameezHanaa’ is a journalism and Spanish major from West Windsor, New Jersey. She got her start in journalism working at her high school radio station where she interviewed local officials for her township beat.

After coming to Stony Brook, Hanaa’ decided she wanted to explore print and online media. She joined The Statesman in the fall of her freshman year and became an assistant editor that spring. She hopes to use her language skills to travel and someday write for a Spanish-language publication in either Spain or Argentina.

Jasmine Blennau


Jasmine Blennau is a senior studying journalism and political science. Her interest is in producing and directing news and sports. Her concentration in broadcast journalism has lead her to cover many different topics.

In June Jasmine traveled to Hawaii on a science journalism grant from NASA to report from the lava fields of Mount Kilauea. She was the multimedia lead on the trip and during post-production. The project was called Reporting RIS4E.

When she returned from Hawaii she interned at News 12 Long Island as a production assistant and technical assistant.

Jasmine has worked on the School of Journalism’s live broadcasts since the first Wolfstock Live in 2013. She produced Roth Regatta Live 2015 and co-produced Wolfstock Live 2015.

Currently Jasmine is a live stream producer at Stony Brook Athletics. She directs cameras, works with sports anchors, makes graphics and streams games for the America East Conference.

Jasmine is interested in pursuing an M.F.A. in Television Production after she graduates in May of 2016.