Elisha McGinnis

Coordinating Producer

Hailing from Pearl River, NY, Elisha is a recent grad of the drama department in VPA and now studies Television, Radio, and Film as a Master’s student in Newhouse. She is very excited to take on the role of Coordinating Producer this year for Orange Television Network. Some of her goals for this year include to master the craft of avocado toast and to rewatch every episode of The The Office.

Lindsey Dixon

Promotion Manager

Lindsey is a senior finance and marketing management in the Whitman School of Management. She started at OTN as a junior and will be going into her second year as our Promotion Manager.

LaQuin Alexander

Program Manager

Born and Raised in New York City, LaQuin has always appreciated the art of story telling. As a graduate student in Newhouse she hopes to sharpen her skills as a director. LaQuin’s background includes graphic arts, event planning, and production management. Interested in the way media impacts our society, she hopes to use media as a way of educating people about, and bring light to social issues. She wants to create content that forces viewers to think outside of the box, and expose them to new things.

Aimee Sy

Graphic Artist

I’m a Communications Design student at Syracuse University, striving
to be an Art Director. I have a passion for Art & Design, as well as Jewelry Design.

Edward McFarland

Videographer/Assistant Producer – OTN Women’s Sports Update

Edward McFarland is from Houston, Texas and earned his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. As an active sports journalist he uploads his work to YouTube ( and Tumblr ( McFarland believes that “there are multiple ways to tell the story of sports and its players along with the inspiration they provide; thus the reporting of sports becomes more than just points scored at the end of a game; it provides an opportunity to explain what it took to score those points and leave those watching to feel inspired.”

Rebecca Thornburg

Producer – OTN Women’s Sports Update

Hello! My name is Rebecca Thornburg and I am a sophomore BDJ major. I am from a small town outside of Worcester, Massachusetts. I love being involved around campus and love everything about Cuse! I am part of a sorority, Delta Gamma, and enjoy helping out the community and other clubs on campus. The sports games are so much fun and it’s awesome to see how passionate the fans are, including me! I am very excited to be starting my career as a producer for “The Women’s Sports Update” here at OTN and hope you enjoy the show!

Tara Lanigan

Producer – OTN Women’s Sports Update

Hi! My name is Tara Lanigan and I am a sophomore BDJ major with a Sport Management minor. I love cheering for my favorite teams, which include, the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bears, and Notre Dame. I am from the greatest city in the world, Chicago. You can catch me on OTN’s Women Sport’s Update!

Kelly O’Neill

Producer – “STIR”

Kelly is a sophomore Broadcast & Digital Journalism student at the Newhouse School and she absolutely loves Syracuse. A passionate follower of all news, she can be found playing tennis on a nice day or relishing the Cape Cod weather in Massachusetts.

Kaitlyn Decker

Producer – “STIR”

Kaitlyn is a sophomore Television, Radio, Film & Marketing dual student from a beach town in New Jersey. She absolutely loves Syracuse University and is very involved in her community and on campus. Kaitlyn is a Newhouse Student Representative, a member of Delta Gamma sorority, and participates in many philanthropic events, such as Relay for Life and OttoTHON. She is very passionate about her academics and loves traveling, having fun, trying new things, and meeting new people. Around campus, you will most likely see her with a camera in hand, cheering on the basketball team at the games, or with her nose in a book.

Jared Shaw

Public Relations Assistant

Hey everyone! My name is Jared, I am a Senior sport management major from Las Vegas, NV.

Emily Bailey

Producer/Director- “OTN Events”

Emily is a senior Television/Radio/Film major. She got her start on campus with CitrusTV Noticias, becoming Co-Executive Producer of the news program her sophomore year. Emily has a passion for producing and directing live content for TV, and enjoys working in a studio environment. She loves to collaborate with others to create engaging and unique videos.

Fatima Bangura

Production Assistant – “OTN Events”

Fatima is a Broadcast & Digital Journalism major with a dual minor in African American studies and Sociology. With this academic combination, she plans to use the accessibility of the media platform to shed light on and thoroughly discuss controversial issues like the systematic violence against bodies of color. Her ultimate career goal is to become a show-runner where she has the power to create her own content and capture the attention of millions with her creativity. She loves to listen, learn, laugh, write, sleep and dream.

Kaimeng Yang

Production Assistant – “OTN Events”

Kaimeng is a big fan of sports and hopes to work in the sports industry some day. In the meantime he is lending his talents to the events team assisting in the production of OTN dance, music, comedy and performance shows.

Justin Bunka

Producer/Director- “Vintage Cinema Club”

Justin is a TRF junior from Cleveland, Ohio. Instead of spending summer nights on the beaches of Lake Erie, he normally prefers nights indoors with game of thrones or his PS4. He’s still upset Community was cancelled. He currently produces Vintage Cinema Club on OTN.

Evie Davis

Producer- “Improve Your World”

Evie is a Junior in the TRF program and is excited to be coming back to work for OTN.

Samantha Kandell


Sam is the fun, energetic editor for OTN. This is her second year on the staff and she is so excited to work with everyone! While she isn’t editing, Sam is on air for Z89 and interning at the Hillel on campus. Her favorite movie of all time is What Happens in Vegas and she hopes to move out to LA to fufil her editing dreams!

Chris Sechler

Production Assistant – “The Review Crew”

Chris is a sophomore from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania studying Television-Radio-Film and Information Management & Technology in the iSchool. In addition to OTN, Chris is also Head Multimedia Editor for JERK Magazine. You may find him traveling, jamming to music of all kinds, or watching every late night show.

Charlotte Balogh

Producer – “Freshmen @ Life”

Charlotte Balogh is co-Producer of the show ‘Freshmen at Life’ with Nia Maldonato. She aspires to work as a writer/producer for both film and television and has currently published two young adult novels that she aims to adapt for the screen. Fun fact: this past summer Charlotte interned at the Cannes Film Festival, an experience that reaffirmed her love for movies and baguettes.

Justin Drapkin

Producer/Director – “The Review Crew”

Justin Drapkin is a Television, Radio & Film Junior from Brooklyn, NY. He likes long walks on the beach and watching 80’s movies. Follow him on twitter @JustinDrapkin”

Saumya Vasuthevan

Producer – “The Review Crew”

Saumya is a sophomore Television, Radio & Film major. She is very excited to take on the role of Producer on The Review Crew and hopes to learn as much as possible from the production team. She is also the Content Producer of Syracuse Unpeeled, a talk show at CitrusTV. Saumya’s dream job would be working as a producer for Warner Bros. in LA.

Eric Chuang

Promotion Producer

Eric is a California native, dog enthusiast, fervent traveler, and sushi connoisseur. He is a Junior at Syracuse University studying Public Relations in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. When not taking Buzzfeed quizzes or coming up with clever Instagram photo captions, he can most likely be found in line waiting to get Chipotle.

Jesse Cardoza


In my last year studying film production at SU, I could not be happier with joining OTN. The last three year’s experiences, here at SU and in Europe, bettered me as a filmmaker. I consider myself
a DP, gaffer, and creative. I am ready more production experience and more story telling.

Lawrence Hudson

Studio Assistant

Storytelling has been a big deal since I was four years old. From acting in commercials and public speaking since six years old to producing radio and television projects present day, the passion for storytelling has only blossomed with time. My goal at OTN is not only to produce my own, but to assist the storytelling of others as best I can.

Alina Abdikarimova

Producer/Director – Special Projects

Alina is working on a brand new project for OTN this spring. She will be producing stories about the many Syracuse University clubs and student organizations on campus. Alina hails from Kazakhstan and is a graduate student in the Newhouse School.

Toby Wall

Videographer/Editor – Special Projects

Prior to coming to Syracuse University, I served 8 years active duty in the United States Army. In the Army, I produced television, radio, and social media products in Maryland, South Korea, and Colorado. Telling stories that entertain, inform, and educate, drive me through school and life. I spend most of my time learning new ways to shoot video for audiences and mastering new editing platforms that are industry standards.

Andy Robinson

General Manager

Starting his twelfth year as GM of OTN, Andy is very excited about the upcoming school year. With access to the new Dick Clark Studios in the Newhouse School, he expects OTN will be making great use of the state-of-the-art facilities.

This past year the web series “Fresh Starts” a co-production with OTN and The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications won a Bronze Award from NY Festivals and a bronze Telly Award. OTN is revamping its OTN YouTube channel with a new emphasis on the wide variety of programs OTN produces. And look for some live shows from the student production group “Loud and Clear” . . . live music from the new studios perhaps?
Andy continues to teach as an adjunct professor in the TRF department in the Newhouse School, play the saxophone and will be launching his own YouTube channel very soon.