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Broadcast Journalism Department

Bill Einreinhofer Bill Einreinhofer
Chair of Broadcast Journalism Department

Bill Einreinhofer is the Chair of the Broadcast Journalism department at the New York Film Academy.

An Emmy Award winning producer/director/writer, he has developed and produced programming for PBS (PBS NewsHour), ABC (Good Morning America), CBS (60 Minutes), Discovery (Spacewalkers: The Ultimate High-Wire Act) and HBO (Diary of a Red Planet).

He conceived and supervised production of INNOVATION, public television’s long-running health, science and technology news series. He was also Series Producer of Beyond Beijing, a four-part documentary series tied to the 2008 Summer Olympics. That series was broadcast in 43 countries, and seen by 250+ million viewers.

Bill Einreinhofer was formerly Senior Producer of New Jersey Nightly News, a coproduction of New Jersey Network and WNET/Thirteen (New York). Later he was an Executive Producer at WNET/Thirteen. He produced, directed and wrote So Very Far From Home, a one-hour documentary telling the real-life stories that formed the basis of Steven Spielberg’s epic film Empire of the Sun. In addition, he has partnered with well-known international broadcasters including NHK (Japan), the ABC (Australia), TVGlobo (Brazil), SMG (China) and SVT-1 (Sweden).

Most recently, he was Executive Producer of Every Day Is A Holiday, a nationally distributed documentary seen on 200+ PBS television stations.

Prior to joining the New York Film Academy, he was an Adjunct Professor in the Communications department at Felician College in Rutherford, NJ. He has also taught at Rutgers University, Parsons the New School for Design and Saint Peter’s College, as well as conducted seminars for international journalists at the United Nations and East China Normal University in Shanghai.

Bill Einreinhofer holds an MA in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a BA in History from Saint Peter’s College – Jersey City, NJ. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has served as a Juror for the National News and Documentary Emmy Awards, and the International Emmy Awards.

Joe Alicastro Joe Alicastro

Joe Alicastro is a 30-year veteran producer of NBC News. He most recently served as a Special Events Producer for the network's extensive political coverage and from 2003 through 2007 was the lead producer for four Democratic Presidential Candidates Debates, two Presidential Debates and the Republican Convention at Madison Square Garden.

As one of the producers providing the front line defense for all breaking news on the NBC Network, Alicastro was involved in hundreds of Special Reports including, the Columbia Shuttle Disaster, the War in Iraq, the Terrorist attacks in London, the Northeast Blackout, Hurricane Katrina, the Deaths of Princess Diana, Mother Teresa, President Reagan, President Ford and Pope John Paul II.

As the NBC Rome Bureau Chief, Alicastro travelled extensively around the globe covering breaking news, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the breakup of the Soviet Union, Afghanistan, the Gulf War and the Liberation of Kuwait.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcasting and Film from Boston University, Alicastro joined NBC News in 1978. As a field producer he produced hundreds of stories in all formats: hard news, feature segments, magazine pieces and documentaries.

A seven time Emmy nominee, Alicastro has been honored with three News and Documentary Emmy awards and a Commendation Award from American Women in Radio and Television.

Joe Alicastro is currently Senior Producer and Associate Director of Vision Project ( and recently acted as Broadcast Producer for a Special Events program for National Geographic Television.

He joined the faculty of Sacred Heart University as an Adjunct Professor in the fall of 2009 and has been teaching Broadcast and Digital Journalism at the New York Film Academy since the summer of 2008.

Robert Ferraro Robert Ferraro

Robert Ferraro is an Emmy award winning television news producer with more than 40-years experience in both local and national news at the NBC and ABC television networks. He earned distinction as a broadcast news writer and editor, special reports producer, broadcast line producer, and long form and documentary producer.

Mr. Ferraro also served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Panama, and since his retirement has taught Broadcast News Production at Purchase College, Purchase, NY, and the New York Film Academy.

John Fider John Fider

John Fider was formerly Vice President of Production Operations at ABC News. He was Technical Director for ABC Television Network Olympics, Special Events and Election coverage from 1976 until 1989. He is a seven-time Emmy Award winner, as well as a recipient of the prestigious Alfred I. DuPont award, and a member of the Directors Guild of America. He serves as Director of Broadcast Operations at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where he directs Columbia News Tonight.

Bob Haberl Bob Haberl

Bob Haberl brings more than forty years professional experience to his classes. Fresh out of college he worked as a radio tech in Washington during Watergate and was on the South Lawn of the White House when Richard Nixon waved goodbye to his Presidency.

He earned his Master’s degree at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism under the tutelage of Fred Friendly, the legendary former president of CBS News and partner of Edward R. Murrow. Bob then worked as a television reporter in Jacksonville, Florida and Philadelphia, covering the gamut of stories from shark attack to serial killer, bad weather to the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. That last story landed Bob a producer’s post at ABC News.

Over 30 years as ABC producer, senior and executive producer, Bob has been based in Washington, Rome, London and New York. Over that time he’s covered wars and famine, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Empire, Tiananmen Square, the rise of Islamic extremism and Nelson Mandela’s rise to lead his nation. A firsthand witness to history, Bob was in Soweto on the day Mandela walked free, the only Western journalist on Russia’s first campaign plane--Boris Yeltsin’s, and in the first wave of journalists entering Kuwait City with the liberating troops.

Bob’s work has taken him to 47 countries, earned him 7 Emmy Awards, two Peabodys a DuPont Silver Baton and the Murrow Award among other honors. He was an adjunct professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism for a decade while still at ABC. He is passionate about teaching excellence to the next generation. “For me, it’s about giving back.”

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