Biography

Courtesy of Chloe Jakiela

My name is Alexander Popichak and I’m a journalist, editor, live television director, designer and producer.

I’m currently employed as a news producer for Erie News Now – the news team serving northwestern Pennsylvania and the greater Erie, PA area. Our unified brand is broadcast on a CBS (WSEE-TV) and NBC (WICU-TV) affiliate.

In 2018, I graduated cum laude with a degree in broadcast production and media management major from Point Park University in Pittsburgh.

During my time at Point Park, I served as General Manager for our on-campus radio station, WPPJ managing 60+ weekly shows and a station board. I also created, wrote and and produced Point Park Television’s news program, NewsNight.

I served as the editor-in-chief of Point Park’s student newspaper, The Globe. In that role, I oversaw the 45-person staff, day-to-day operations and the 50th anniversary edition and subsequent celebration.

In March of 2018 I created, directed and produced Point Park University’s first-ever live sketch comedy event, Point Blank Live! Originally produced for U-View Television, it has become one of the most-watched television events since the station began in 2007 with a reach of over 1,000 people within the first week. The creative team assembled by the event has gone on to function as a comedy troupe, and I consulted on its sequel broadcast.

I was a digital associate for the Pittsburgh City Paper in 2018, a production assistant for 90.5 WESA – Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station in 2017 and I was an editorial intern for the Trib Total Media digital project upgruv.

In addition to formal editorial roles, I also worked as a studio apprentice for Point Park University and as a high school sports stringer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

For my work covering the Point Park full-time faculty union formation, I was honored with a 2018 Mark of Excellence Award for breaking news reporting. That same year, I was honored with our staff for editorial writing and our weekly Globe’s Point.

My journalistic work has been published with the Point Park Globe, U-View, WPPJ, WESA, The City Paper, upgruv, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Trib Total Media’s Signal Item and IN Community Magazines. If you’re interested in my full credentials, visit the “contact/resume” page.

My non-journalistic work includes an anniversary calendar my hometown of Carnegie, PA and building websites for the Slickville, PA centennial and my college roommate’s run for PA House.

I’m an Eagle Scout (class of 2014) and a proud Carlynton Cougar (class of 2015).

Feel free to look around! Consider this website my portfolio – my favorite work is here.