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Southeastern Channel student named state’s top student broadcaster

For the fifth time in the past seven years, a Southeastern Channel student has been named the state’s top student broadcaster.

Tonya Lowentritt

June 3, 2020


For the fifth time in the past seven years, a Southeastern Channel student has been named the state’s top student broadcaster.
     Chris Rosato, a senior from Mandeville, was named 2020 Louisiana Student Broadcaster of the Year in Television by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters at its annual Prestige Awards luncheon.
     “I believe it’s the climax of my college career,” Rosato said. “This was a result of everything that I’ve been taught and the work that I put into the program at Southeastern. As a college student, you look for reasons to validate the decisions you make as far as a career path. Winning this award reassures me that I’m in the right place doing what I should be doing.”
     Rosato was selected from all college television students from throughout the state by the LAB, made up of all television and radio professionals and stations in Louisiana. Along with his acceptance speech at the luncheon, a highlight clip from Rosato’s news stories and anchoring was shown for LAB members.
     “The people that were judging me are potential employers in this field,” Rosato continued. “So to be recognized as the best of all Louisiana students by these specific people is incredibly humbling. To be able to stand at the podium and show the other professionals in the room how I carry myself and where I’ve come from was an opportunity that not many students get to experience.”
     Rosato joins former Southeastern Channel reporters Erika Ferrando (2014), now at WWL-TV Ch. 4 (CBS) in New Orleans, Paul Rivera (2015), currently at WESH-TV Ch. 2 (ABC) in Orlando, Fla., Dominique Brogle (2016), now at KTBS-TV Ch. 7 (ABC) in Shreveport, and Wesley Boone (2018), now at KTAL-TV Ch. 6 (NBC) in Shreveport after working at NBC Sports California in San Francisco, as previous winners of the prestigious award. A Southeastern Channel student has won the award in all but two years since the award was established in 2014.
     “It’s a great honor that once again the Southeastern Channel has produced the top student broadcaster in Louisiana,” said Rick Settoon, Southeastern Channel general manager. “Our previous winners have taken advantage of the unique training that we offer at the Southeastern Channel, and it’s catapulted them to top state, regional and national awards. It has also prepared them for a stellar career in the industry as evidenced by the fact they are already reporting in larger TV markets nationally in such a short amount of time after graduation. I have no doubt that Chris will follow suit.”
     Rosato is a news anchor and reporter for the Southeastern Channel’s student newscast “Northshore News,” recently named the second best student television newscast in the nation by College Broadcasters, Inc. at its National Student Production Awards.
     “Chris excels in all aspects of storytelling as a reporter,” Settoon said. “He’s an excellent writer with outstanding voiceover and on-camera reporting skills, and he performs them all so effortlessly and naturally. Chris is very creative with his stand ups and live shots where he interacts with his surroundings to bring the viewers there to the location of his stories. He also shoots and edits his packages well.”
     “My approach to anchoring is to try and be as conversational as possible and make the viewer feel as if I’m sitting in their living room with them,” Rosato said. “My strength as an anchor is that I feel very comfortable doing that kind of work. You have to have a certain level of confidence in yourself and be able to roll with ‘the show must go on’ mentality, especially when there are technical glitches, and there can be many.”
     Rosato co-anchored a Nov. 1, 2019 episode of “Northshore News” that recently won a second place Mark of Excellence Award for “Best Overall College Newscast” given by the Society of Professional Journalists for Region 12 comprised of universities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee.
     He said working for the Southeastern Channel’s “Northshore News” newscast has given him invaluable, real world training for a career in television news.
     “The Southeastern Channel has offered me exceptional one-on-one instruction and has met all of my work with constructive criticism that I then go on to apply to my next story or show,” Rosato said. “The Channel has separated me from a lot of other people I’m competing against by giving me the opportunity to cover real world current event stories in the community with public officials and everyday people and not just restrict me to on-campus assignments.”
     The Southeastern Channel has won over 400 national, international, regional and state awards in the past 17 years, including 17 awards from the Emmys. The channel can be seen on Spectrum 199 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Livingston and St. Helena parishes, and its live 24/7 webcast can be seen on Roku, Apple TV and which includes video on demand. The Southeastern Channel can also be accessed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


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