For three lucky – and very talented – Suffolk students, the start of the spring semester brings an incredible opportunity to appear regularly on live network news.

Thanks to a partnership between New England Cable News (NECN) and Suffolk’s Studio 73, Jessica Bard, Karina Bolster, and Jim McMasters are getting a taste of live reporting in a segment called “Suffolk in the City” that airs on the network’s Morning Show.

Unique opportunity for students

Following a rigorous audition process, NECN selects three Suffolk University students each semester to act as the “Suffolk in the City” reporters. The students work on weekly story pitches with NECN producers, tape interviews with passersby, edit their footage into tv-ready segments, and participate in live Q&As with NECN anchors.

“'Suffolk in the City’ provides an extraordinary opportunity for our broadcast students,” said Robert Rosenthal, chair of Suffolk University’s Communication and Journalism Department. “Through our partnership with NECN and ‘The Morning Show,’ Suffolk students are reporting live and producing entertaining pieces seen throughout New England.”

New student reporters share a love of sports

Jessica Bard left Pennsylvania behind to study broadcast journalism and play basketball at Suffolk. Only in her second year, Jessica will juggle practices and games with a demanding course schedule and her Suffolk in the City responsibilities, but says that keeping busy helps keep her focused. With determination like that, she may soon give her reporting idol, ESPN’s Erin Andrews, a run for her money.


Karina Bolster is a senior broadcast journalism major who plans to make Suffolk proud in the classroom and on the field when softball season begins. She aspires to be a great sports reporter – not just a great female sports reporter – and cites Bob Costas as her ideal broadcaster. Being from a military family and moving around a lot growing up helped Karina develop stellar people skills, which she’ll soon put to work charming passersby during her Suffolk in the City segments.


Jim McMasters is also a senior broadcast journalism major and sports fan. As a Massachusetts native, he draws inspiration from the impressive pantheon of Boston sports broadcasting legends, particularly the creative enthusiasm of Bruins’ play-by-play announcer, Jack Edwards.


 Jim chivalrously offered to break the ice, being the first to appear live on NECN with his “bucket list” report on Thursday, January 19. Great job, Jim; we look forward to many more!

Karina – who is stocking up on hand warmers, hats, and gloves in preparation for winter reporting in Boston – expresses the sentiments of all three student reporters. “Being able to work on live tv is surreal, and we’re just so thankful to NECN for this incredible experience.”

“This is an amazing opportunity that not many other schools – if any – can offer,” adds Jessica.

Acknowledging the particularly sporty bent of this semester’s group, Jim has one additional hope for their reporting experience:

“We’d all like to cover a victory parade this spring for the Bruins or Celtics, interviewing the crowds in front of Suffolk as the Duck Boats go by!”

Learn more about Studio 73 and the Communications and Journalism Department.