TAKE TWO: IT’S THE TODAY SHOW – AGAIN! – FOR PURCHASE COLLEGE
Longevity on the tube is not very common, so when it happens, there’s reason to celebrate. This weekend, the Today Show’s weekend edition -- “NBC News Sunday Today” -- will celebrate its 25th anniversary on the air. Among the star-studded team on the Sunday, September 16th broadcast, will be Mary Alice Williams, the highly-acclaimed broadcast journalist, who, with Garrick Utley, co-anchored “Sunday Today” from 1989 to 1993. This is the second time this year Purchase College has emerged on Today. In April, the College was featured in a major segment on the subject of student loans in a weekday segment of the show.
Williams is assistant professor of Journalism at Purchase College, where she brings to her journalism classes a wealth of experience, garnered in over 40 years in the field. Williams and her academic colleagues at Purchase College are all working professionals, providing richness in the learning experience for students and setting the school apart.
During her tenure at NBC, Williams anchored “NBC News Special Reports,” and NBC’s extended coverage of Desert Storm. She was a frequent anchor and correspondent for “NBC Nightly News,” “Sunrise,” and the weekday “Today Show,” interviewing newsmakers, reporting on a variety of popular-culture and human-interest stories, and covering health and finance issues. During her career, she also served as CNN’s principal anchor and vice president in charge of the New York Bureau and has been correspondent, writer, anchor, and host for programs on PBS, the Hallmark Channel, Lifetime Television and the Discovery Health Channel; a writer for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric; and reporter/anchor at WCBS Radio.
Purchase College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) network of 64 universities and colleges, was founded in 1967 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller. His aspirations for Purchase were to combine on one campus conservatory training in the visual and performing arts with programs in the liberal arts and sciences. Today, Purchase College, SUNY is a community of students, faculty, and friends where open-minded engagement with the creative process leads to a lifetime of intellectual growth and professional opportunity. For more information about the College, visit www.purchase.edu.