More than 600 undergraduate, graduate and law students earned their degrees in a ceremony at the David S. Mack Arena featuring an address from Rita Ciolli, editor of the editorial and opinion pages for Newsday and amNewYork.
Ms. Ciolli began her career at Newsday in 1972 as a summer intern. During her senior year at Fordham University, she worked full time covering the Town of Hempstead. After graduating from Georgetown Law in 1977 with a Juris Doctor, she returned to Newsday as a specialist reporting on the law.
Ms. Ciolli has had assignments across a broad range of beats and content areas, including almost a decade at Newsday’s Washington bureau assigned to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Justice Department, and the FBI. After a long stint as a media and technology reporter, she covered religion before joining the editorial board in 2005. Two years later, she became editor of the opinion section and chair of the editorial board.
Under her leadership, the board has expanded both its digital and print offerings in addition to winning numerous awards. Newsday was a 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Editorial Writing for its series of editorials about Long Island’s response to the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy and process of healing and rebuilding.