Alexander Popichak is a journalist and producer based in Erie, Pa. Popichak is the dayside producer at WICU-TV and WSEE-TV for Lilly Broadcasting in Erie.
His journalistic work has been published by Erie News Now (WICU/WSEE-TV), WESA-FM, the Pittsburgh City Paper and Point Park University student media, among others.
Production credits include Erie Coke: Benefit or Burden, Tall Ships 2019 live coverage, WICU 70th Anniversary Live Show, Election night coverage for the 2019 municipal elections in Erie, the 2018 WPPJ Rock-a-Thon charity drive, the 2018 Point _____ Live! comedy event at Point Park University and Point Park's NewsNight.
(Current contract is effective through January 31, 2021)
Graduated Cum Laude
Graduation Date: December 14, 2018
Graduation Date: June 12, 2015 Class Rank: 10/92 GPA: 4.0
Dayside producer with a specific focus on the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts at WICU and WSEE based in Erie, PA.
Responsibilities include editing and coordinating reporter stories, stacking shows, editing video, VizRT and VizONE automation, writing a daily radio news update, producing special projects, developing templates for AccuWeather Storyteller, CNN/CBS/NBC live sources and Dejero to craft dynamic newscasts.
Project Highlight: Erie Coke: Benefit or Burden
Following our continuing coverage, the Erie Coke Plant shut down Dec. 19, 2019. I organized our live team coverage for our midday, evening, and night newscasts, producing 12, 12:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 7 and 11 p.m. shows.
Oversaw day-to-day operation, technology upgrades and management of Point Park University's student radio station based in Pittsburgh.
Worked on aspects of digital strategy, editorial, design and week-to-week reporting.
Managed and maintained studio facilities for use by various internal and external television and cinema productions. Expertise with NewTek Tricaster, ETC Lighting Systems, KiPro playback systems and AP ENPS.
Managed staff as head administrator, coordinated publication and layout, and wrote pieces
Highlights: coordinated 2017 Inauguration Coverage, planned and executed 50th Anniversary Edition and Celebration
Print circulation: 1,000 Online Reach: 400 Weekly Previous positions: Editor-Elect, News Editor Full Globe Profile
Crafted and presented long-form enterprise segments, produced, wrote and directed live-to-tape news show. Created show with Robert Bertha. Click here for a sample reel of NewsNight.
Pitched, wrote and produced content for 90.5 WESA. Duties included conducting interviews, recording spots and pitching features.
Project Highlight: From Highways To Runways: In Search Of The Noisiest Spot In Pittsburgh For WESA's Good Question Series, I wrote and produced this feature in search of the noisiest spot in Pittsburgh. This is the resulting package:
Oversaw creation, broadcast organization and execution of live sketch comedy show March 25, 2018.
Developed on-air news updates and features for Point Park's student-run radio station, WPPJ.
Directed live-to-tape weekly feature program for Point Park's Athletics department. Worked alongside host Josh Croup to produce weekly web feature. Guests were athletes and coaches from around the Point Park athletic world.
Supervised staff, critiqued layout and wrote pieces
Aggregated and wrote content for a trending news website.
Project Highlight: The Stanley Cup Tracker Developed and created a map documenting the travels of the Stanley Cup following the Pens' 2016 Stanley Cup win.
Note: upguv ceased operation in July 2018 and rolled its editorial staff into Trib Total Media
Pitched, edited, wrote, and created layout of weekly newspaper’s news section
Planned and executed community-centric events and programming, mediated roommate conflicts, managed programming deadlines and managed crises as needed.
Served as a representative for School of Communication, served on communication committee and planned 2016 Pioneer Community Day service event, placing 70+ volunteers across the Greater Pittsburgh Area to donate 4+ hours of service
- 2018 Region 4 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence winner for Breaking News Reporting and finalist for Breaking News Reporting and Editorial Writing
- 2017 Region 4 SPJ Mark of Excellence finalist for Photography
- Winner, 2017 Intercollegiate Broadcast Service “Best Celebrity interview” award for interview with Sarah Koenig
- Winner, 2019 Marcela McGrogan Carnegie Volunteer Youth of the Year
- Winner, 2017 U-View Television Dale Award for Best Overall Production for NewsNight
- Point Park University Presidential Scholarship
- Dean’s List
- Eagle Scout, Troop 831 in Carnegie, PA (November 14, 2014)
- SAG-AFTRA Ohio-Pittsburgh Local
- Society of Professional Journalists
- National Eagle Scout Association Life Member