Class of 1996
Aileen Gallagher '96 was the anchor of the weekly "Channel 16 News" broadcast for two years and the regular co-host of the "Really Swell" series of holiday specials on Channel 16 in 1995 and 1996. In high school, she spent every free moment in the studio. It was awesome. Aileen studied newspaper journalism at Syracuse University and moved to New York City in 2000 to seek her fortune. The studio made her unafraid of technology, and Aileen's career dovetailed with the rise of the Internet and digital media.
She worked as a writer and editor for various print and digital publications and tried to replicate the creative spirit of her studio years with an indie online magazine called The Black Table. In 2006, she joined New York Magazine's fledging web staff, rising to senior editor. At NYMag.com, Aileen launched and managed Grub Street, the award-winning, food-blog network; edited Fashion Week coverage; and wrote about entertainment for the culture section, Vulture. In 2010, Aileen returned to Syracuse University, this time as an assistant professor of magazine at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Aileen teaches editing, reporting, and a class Jim Talone would absolutely love called multimedia storytelling. She loves it when she gets a "studio kid" in her class. Aileen is engaged to a really wonderful guy named Adam and dreams of getting tenure and a camp in the Adirondacks. She loves hanging out with her old friends from the studio, many of whom still work in television. Favorite Talone quote: "If you ask, someone might say no."