Susan Arbetter
Director of News and Public Affairs, WCNY

Grad Commencement Speaker

Susan Arbetter hosts and produces the Capitol Pressroom, a syndicated radio show that broadcasts from the state capitol in Albany.  She and her team also produce the Capitol Report, a daily 2-minute television report on state politics that airs on commercial television news stations during evening newscasts. Arbetter holds the title of Director of News & Public Affairs for Syracuse-based public broadcaster, WCNY, for whom she co-produces & co-hosts a weekly television program called Insight. Previously Susan created, produced and hosted WMHT's New York Now, winning several NETA awards and an Edward R. Murrow award for the PBS show.  Prior to her work in television, she spent 13 years at WAMC Northeast Public Radio where she held the title News Director, and developed and hosted the Roundtable Show, which continues to air. Susan is the recipient of over 30 awards for electronic journalism, including a national Scripps-Howard Award for environmental journalism, as well as multiple Edward R. Murrow, AP, Public Radio News Directors (PRNDI) and New York State Broadcasters Association awards. Groundswell, a television documentary she wrote and co-produced on the conflicting rights surrounding hydrofracking in New York is up for a New York Emmy award this year.    Over her career, Susan has been called a lot of things; some of the nicer ones include: Times Union's "Best Local Radio Personality";  Hudson Valley Magazine's "Best Laugh in the Valley" and "Media Person of the Year" by the Women's Press Club. She and her husband Bill Danielson (science teacher & Daily Gazette nature columnist) live in Altamont, NY.