Beau Berman, investigative reporter, and news anchor joined California Metropolitan
University’s first graduation ceremony. The university awarded Berman with the CMU Icon
for Journalism and Communications.
Berman started his professional career in 2008, as a reporter and anchor for KOSA-TV. He also
served as an adjunct professor of journalism at Quinnipiac University, while continuing his work
as a reporter and anchor for WTIC-TV.
Berman has built up an impressive resume during his time as a reporter. Most notably, Berman
was awarded an Emmy for his investigative report on the hidden dangers of soccer goals. All of
his investigative reports including his Emmy-winning one are available on his website.
He has also won a number of other award recognitions throughout his career, including from the
likes of the RTDNA Murrow Awards, Mid-Atlantic NATAS Emmy Awards, Mid-Atlantic NATAS
Emmy Award Nominations, and the New England NATAS Emmy Award Nominations. More
about his specific award recognitions is available here.
Aside from investigative reporting, you can find Berman working on several other things within
his field, including general assignment reports, anchoring, live shots, and sports reports.
During his speech at the California Metropolitan University Graduation Ceremony, Berman
discussed how persistence and perseverance have helped him throughout his journey. During
his career, a couple of his investigative reports were nominated for Emmys, but to no avail. He
didn’t let this keep him down, but rather kept working hard at what he loved.
Berman has now started his own podcast, called the RPRTR podcast. The podcast interviews
local news reporters to learn more about their strategies, experiences and trials. Berman’s goal
is for the podcast to be a source for stories from the front lines of local reporting.
Rick Sittig displays an inert ability to grow brands, and entice consumers through his expertise and award-winning marketing tactics.
He has worked with the likes of Jack in the Box, Honda, and Princeton Racquet. Perhaps his most recognized career accomplishment is his fast-food commercial campaign with Jack in the Box. After proposing his idea to the company and producing his first advertisement for them, the campaign continued for 400 commercials, making it the longest fast food advertisement campaign.
Before Sittig earned his recognition with the “Jack” campaign, he started by offering advertising services to a small agency for free. Following this, he worked his way to a position as creative director at Della Femina, Travisano & Partners. During this time, he was a creative director for the Joe Isuzu campaign. The International Advertising Film Festival in 1987 awarded this campaign a first-prize Gold Lion, catapulting Sittig’s rise to prominence.
The recognition that Sittig garnered earned him a spot at Chait / Day, where he worked his way up the ladder to ultimately become an executive director. It was at this advertising agency where Sittig pitched his idea to Jack in the Box. When the contract between Jack in the Box and Chait / Day expired, Sittig created his marketing agency under the name Secret Weapon Marketing.
With his new advertising company, Sittig continued to work with Jack in the Box for the following 15 years. Secret Weapon Marketing expanded its portfolio, working with the likes of well-respected companies such as Activision, IKEA, and Uber.
The California Metropolitan University had the pleasure of organizing a live webinar featuring Rick Sittig. During the live webinar, Sittig discussed some of his experience in marketing and went over specific advertisements he has created for brands. Students then had the opportunity to ask Sittig questions directly. The webinar was open to several universities, including California State University Long Beach, Mt San Antonio College, California Trinity University, and Humphrey’s University
Webinars help universities enrich the student experience, providing them with an engaging experience with experts in different areas of studies. Students can access webinars on a variety of devices, resulting in a wider reach and added convenience for those who want to access events from anywhere.
Dr. Raphael Nagel received the degree in recognition of his contribution to economic diplomacy in the Middle East.
The Dubai-based Jewish businessman has worked to unite business leaders across the region in the wake of the historic Abraham Accords, announced in August. “Economic diplomacy is a vital part of peace-building, and as a Jew in the Middle East, I feel I have a critical responsibility to be a part of the historic period we are living in,” he said. “We are in a time many of us thought we might never see, so I am truly honored to be recognized for my contribution.” Since the signing of the accords, agreements worth billions of dollars have been signed between countries such as the UAE and Israel. The accords have also led to the normalization of relations between Israel and Bahrain, Morocco, and Sudan.
“There is so much potential for the region since these accords,” said Dr. Nagel. “We face many of the same challenges and share many traits, and not least between Israel and the UAE, there are some great synergies not only economically but in the wider sphere of humanity.”
In a letter from the university’s president, Roy Virgen Jr, to Dr. Nagel, he said: “Your advocacy in stimulating business across the region is making a remarkable footprint for the rest of the business organizations to follow.”
Dr. Nagel has been invited to join the university’s team of international faculty and industrial leaders in what the university said, “will bring positive changes and development for the benefit of all.”