Alumni Journalism Lawrence Herbert School of Communication

Alum Honored As Long Island Rising Leader

Chris Vaccaro, a 2007 journalism graduate and adjunct instructor in the Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations, has been named to Long Island Business News’ list of “40 Under 40” honorees for 2016.

The annual awards program, now in its 18th year, recognizes members of the Long Island community age 40 and younger who are distinguishing themselves as rising leaders in business, government, education, and the nonprofit sector.

“It’s an honor to be selected to such a prestigious group of accomplished and hard-working individuals,” said Vaccaro, an award-winning journalist and author who is editor-in-chief of The Topps Company’s digital team.  “It’s always nice to be recognized for the things I’ve done in my career. It’s even more of an honor to represent Hofstra in all that I do.”

Vaccaro, from Lake Grove, NY, is also president of the Long Island Press Club and a former editor at the NY Daily News.  At Hofstra, he has taught courses on journalism ethics, digital journalism, news writing and reporting, and copy editing.  He also serves as advisor to Hofstra’s student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and is a member of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication’s Alumni Association Executive Committee.  He has written five books about Long Island sports history, includings Hofstra Athletics, published by Arcadia in 2012.

He was honored, along with other “40 Under 40” recipients, at a ceremony at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY on January 21.

Featured image:  Chris Vaccaro, left, with Long Island Business News publisher Scott Schoen.


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