On this final episode of Career Journeys we welcome Laura Sydell ’83 by phone from San Francisco. Laura is the Digital Cultural Correspondent for NPR and was a Russian Cultural History and Theatre major at the Colleges. She started out as a journalist at WNYC in New York reporting on culture and politics of New York City’s racial communities. When she made the move to NPR, Sydell was not an expert in technology but was able to speak about the complex issues in ways listeners could understand. Quickly she became known for her reporting and interviews with people from Facebook, Google, and Apple. Her writing and reporting have received numerous accolades and awards over the years, and her investigation into patent trolls has been featured on This American Life. Sydell has remained involved in the Colleges as the 2017 Convocation speaker and was awarded the Alumna Achievement Award by the William Smith Alumnae Association.

Career Journeys is a limited-run podcast from the Herald and the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education designed to help introduce parents, students, alums, and prospective students to the wealth of opportunities and pathways that Hobart and William Smith alumni and alumnae have taken following their graduation. The show is produced and hosted by Alex Kerai ’19 in conjunction with the Herald and the Salisbury Center. It is recorded in the WEOS (NPR) studio on campus and includes live in-studio and over the phone interviews. This is the final episode of the series.

We are very excited to have Laura on this final episode of Career Journeys!

Career Journeys is a podcast from the Herald and the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education. It is produced by Alex Kerai ’19 and recorded at the WEOS studio on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

This is the final episode of the podcast. It was in production from January 2019 until November 2019 and recorded between March 2019 and August 2019. The episodes were released between June 2019 and August 2020. All the episodes were produced, recorded, and edited by Alex Kerai.

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