Media & Communications Alumni Panel
Join the CDC in welcoming back successful alumni to share their career stories in the field of media and communications.
- Joe Matoske, Editor, Vice News Tonight
- Kathryn McCurdy, Editorial Assistant, The Real Deal
- Sheyla Navarro, Senior News Producer –The Local Live, LMCTV
- Kyle Pleva, Director of Communications, Comedy Central
- Samuel Zimmerman, Curator, at AMC Networks-backed Shudder
Editor, Vice News Tonight
Joe Matoske is an Emmy award winning editor currently working for Vice News Tonight, which airs on HBO. He graduated with a degree in Cinema Studies in 2010. During his time at Purchase, he ran PTV, was elected president of the PSGA, and hosted a show called “Malt Liquor Monday’s”. Today he lives in Brooklyn with his cat Frida who he found eating a sausage in a dumpster. You can follow him on twitter or instagram at @joematoske.
Senior News Producer –The Local Live, LMCTV
Back in Peru, during the terrorism years, Sheyla Navarro grew up watching journalists report on horrific acts of violence and corruption in the late eighties and early nighties. The courage of investigative reporters fighting to expose the truth to the Peruvian people, woke up Navarro’s passion to start a career in Journalism. News reporting makes her heart beat fast, especially if she is breaking news. After ten years of school, combined from her time at the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences and at SUNY’s Purchase College, she finally obtained her yearned for Journalism degree in 2013.
She has worked in Peru as a magazine editor, political writer, radio host and television reporter. Her experience in New York started at LMCTV as a community producer, later at CNN America in the production of Early Start and Starting Point working with CNN anchors Soledad O’ Brian, John Berman, Zoraida Zambolin, Christine Romans and Brooke Baldwin.
Now she is running LMCTV’s community news show The Local Live. She has learned to create an editorial team from zero and to lead them to success, reaching more than 200 episodes on air and being recognized regionally as one of the best public access community news shows by the Alliance for Community Media. On January 11th, 2018 New York State, Westchester County, and the municipalities of the Village of Larchmont, the Village of Mamaroneck, and the Town of Mamaroneck gave The Local Live a proclamation for their mission to inform and foment citizen journalism in the Larchmont and Mamaroneck Community.
Director of Communications, Comedy Central
Kyle Pleva currently serves as Director of Communications at Comedy Central. He is based in the Hollywood office and runs lead on Drunk History, The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper, Another Period, Hood Adjacent with James Davis, Nathan For You and awards. Prior to Comedy Central, Kyle spent three years on the MTV communications team running lead on The Real World, The Challenge, Finding Carter, Teen Wolf, Faking It, VMA’s and MTV Movie Awards. Kyle made the move from NY to LA in 2011 where he was part of the CBS communications team working on such shows as The Good Wife, CSI, NCIS, and more. Kyle graduated from SUNY Purchase in 2008 with a degree in Communication in the Media.
Samuel Zimmerman is Curator at AMC Networks-backed Shudder, a streaming service devoted to Horror, Thriller and Suspense.