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Well-known writer/producer Alli Joseph May 5

May 4, 2009

Alli Joseph, a producer and writer and member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, will talk about nontraditional paths to success in the field of media and broadcasting.

A road less traveled

Tuesday, May 5 at 3 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Room 214

It can definitely be said that Alli Joseph, television host, writer, producer, and published author, is one of the few in the media and broadcast journalism field who has taken the road less traveled.

She will be speaking at CSU on Tuesday, May 5, about nontraditional routes to success for those entering careers in broadcasting.

The talk will be an inspiration to anyone who is embarking on any career path or who is interested in career exploration or building.

A richly textured journey

It is said that Joseph's ancestors, members of the Shinnecock Tribe, hunted whale from dugout canoes in the Atlantic ocean off the coast of Long Island, New York.  Joseph has done a little of her own "whale hunting" in the career moves she's made.

After graduating from Vassar College with a B.A. in psychology/sociology, Joseph began her media career in the Internet industry. She was then accepted into a prestigious biology-psychology master’s internship program at the University of Hawaii in Oahu and for a time she worked with bottlenose dolphins.

For fun and/or pay, Joseph's career has also included working as a certified Emergency Medical Technician, road rally driver, and model.  

An unconventional entry into the broadcast field

Joseph developed her broadcast, journalism, and marketing skills over eleven years’ time working on-air, online or in print for large media companies.

“The conventional path to success for many students graduating in broadcast journalism is to start in TV news and work your way up the ladder,” says Julia Sandidge, a personal friend of Joseph’s who works at Colorado State as a journalism instructor and Broadcast News and Public Affairs Adviser with Student Media.

“Alli refused to go that route. You could say she did it the Indian way, which is to refuse to go along with the way mainstream society tells you to do it. She got an agent and went into entertainment production and hosting.”

Joseph a success in media, publishing, producing, & consulting

Joseph’s accomplishments include hosting for large media outlets like VH1, CBS News, Cablevision, and AOL; covering national political primaries and conventions and international events; writing for a host of magazines, including The New York Daily News, The Miami Herald, and the New York Post

She also has her own business creating documentaries that record people's personal histories.  She has consulted for large media companies; published a book; and is writing and producing a documentary.

Joseph member of the Shinnecock Indian Tribe

On Tuesday, Joseph will describe her work on her documentary film called “The Last Piece,” about saving the ancestral lands of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, of which she is a member.

“Alli’s mother is a full Native American and Alli is half,” says Sandidge. "She is one of the last, remaining members of the Shinnecock, which is a very small tribe in the Hamptons.”

Joseph’s appearance on campus is being sponsored by CSU’s Student Media/CTV.

Contact: Julia Sandidge
Phone: (970) 491-2896