Shortly before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Jacquelyn Marrero ’04 changed her major to communication. Looking back, she says the timing couldn’t have been better. “I was a student during a changing point in American history and journalism,” she remembers.
Today, she is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, and she credits much of her success to her time at UNH, where she learned how to write, report, produce and edit the news. “I honed much of my news judgment at UNH,” she said.
Last year, she won a New York Emmy – her first – for her work producing NBC 4 New York’s breaking news coverage following an August 2012 shooting near the Empire State Building that killed two people and wounded nine.
“NBC 4 New York is responsible for changing laws and changing lives,” she said. “I’m proud to be a member of this team. My favorite part of the job is seeing the direct impact our stories have on our viewers.”
In addition to her work producing breaking news coverage, Marrero is the producer for Weekend Today in New York, NBC 4 New York’s weekend morning show that features a mix of hard news and whimsical lifestyle segments.
“It is very much like The Today Show but on the local level,” she said. “I like to think my team and I get the weekend started in New York City.”
Marrero launched her career as an assignment desk editor at News 12 in the Bronx. She went on to be a writer for Fox 5 New York and a morning news producer for News 12 in Brooklyn. Since joining NBC Universal in 2008, she has served as executive producer of Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf, turning a feature news segment into a half-hour series and earning her first Emmy nomination in 2011.
She built a foundation for success at UNH through her experiential learning opportunities, interning in the community and government affairs department at Yale-New Haven Hospital and at WTNH and Sony Pictures Television, where she worked with the Ricki Lake Show and Judge Hatchett.
“Real-life learning opportunities were abundant,” she said. “Each experience taught me different skills and prepared me for my career.”