Alexander Popichak

Alexander Popichak
News Producer, Journalist and Director

Alexander Popichak is a journalist and producer based in Erie, Pa. Alex is the executive 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 News Now Investigates: Inside the MoneyMLK Day 2021: the Dream then and now, Erie Coke: Benefit or Burden, Tall Ships 2019 live coverage, Election Coverage in 2020, 2019 (WICU), 2018 and 2016 (Point Park University), WICU 70th Anniversary Live Show, the 2018 WPPJ Rock-a-Thon charity drive, the 2018 Point _____ Live! comedy event at Point Park University and Point Park’s NewsNight.

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(Current contract is effective through January 4, 2023)

Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA
B.A. Broadcast Production and Media Management2015 – 2018

Graduated Cum Laude
Graduation Date: December 14, 2018

Carlynton Junior-Senior High School, Carnegie, PA
Diploma2009 – 2015

Graduation Date: June 12, 2015

Executive Producer
Erie News Now2020-Present

Dayside producer with creative and editorial oversight of the early evening newscasts at WICU and WSEE based in Erie, PA.

Responsibilities include producing news specials, editing and coordinating reporter stories, stacking shows, editing video, VizOpus and VizPilot automation, developing operational and editorial standards, developing templates for AccuWeather Storyteller, CNN/CBS/NBC live sources and Dejero to craft dynamic newscasts.

News Producer
Erie News Now2019-2020

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, VizOpus and VizPilot 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

Worked with senior reporter John Last to turn his multi-part reporting series into a cohesive 30 minute special with streaming discussion following, and compiling the whole investigation online.

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.

General Manager
WPPJ, 670 AM – PittsburghJanuary 2018 – December 2018

Oversaw day-to-day operation, technology upgrades and management of Point Park University’s student radio station based in Pittsburgh.

Digital Associate
Pittsburgh City PaperAugust 2018 – December 2018

Worked on aspects of digital strategy, editorial, design and week-to-week reporting.

Studio Apprentice
Point Park University Student Production ServicesAugust 2017 – December 2018

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.

Point Park Globe2015 – 2017

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

Point Park NewsNight
Executive ProducerOctober 2016 – December 2018

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.

Production Assistant
90.5 WESA-FM, Pittsburgh's NPR News StationSummer 2017

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:

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For my 90.5 WESA profile, click here

Executive Producer
Point Park Television's Point ______ Live!2018

Oversaw creation, broadcast organization and execution of live sketch comedy show March 25, 2018.

WPPJ 670 AM – Pittsburgh
News DirectorJanuary 2017 – May 2017

Developed on-air news updates and features for Point Park’s student-run radio station, WPPJ.

Pioneer Spotlight, Point Park Athletics
Technical DirectorJanuary 2017 – May 2017

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.

Point Park Globe
Editor-Elect (Managing Editor)February 2016 – December 2016

Supervised staff, critiqued layout and wrote pieces

Editorial Intern
535Media, LLC / UpgruvSummer 2016

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

News Editor
Point Park GlobeSeptember 2015 – February 2016

Pitched, edited, wrote, and created layout of weekly newspaper’s news section

Leadership Roles and Experience
Resident Educator (RA)
Point Park University Office of Student LifeAugust 2016 – May 2017

Planned and executed community-centric events and programming, mediated roommate conflicts, managed programming deadlines and managed crises as needed.

United Student Government of Point Park UniversitySeptember 2015 – May 2016

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

Awards and Recognition
  • 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)
Memberships and Associations:
  • SAG-AFTRA Ohio-Pittsburgh Local
  • National Eagle Scout Association Life Member