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)

B.A. Broadcast Production and Media Management
2015 – 2018
Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA

Graduated Cum Laude
Graduation Date: December 14, 2018

2009 – 2015
Carlynton Junior-Senior High School, Carnegie, PA

Graduation Date: June 12, 2015

Erie News Now
Executive Producer

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.

Erie News Now
News Producer

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.

WPPJ, 670 AM – Pittsburgh
January 2018 – December 2018
General Manager

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

Pittsburgh City Paper
August 2018 – December 2018
Digital Associate

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

Point Park University Student Production Services
August 2017 – December 2018
Studio Apprentice

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 Globe
2015 – 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

Executive Producer
October 2016 – December 2018
Point Park NewsNight

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.

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

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:

For my 90.5 WESA profile, click here

Point Park Television's Point ______ Live!
Executive Producer

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

News Director
January 2017 – May 2017
WPPJ 670 AM – Pittsburgh

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

Technical Director
January 2017 – May 2017
Pioneer Spotlight, Point Park Athletics

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.

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

Supervised staff, critiqued layout and wrote pieces

535Media, LLC / Upgruv
Summer 2016
Editorial Intern

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

Point Park Globe
September 2015 – February 2016
News Editor

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

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

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 University
September 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