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April 17, 2020

Meet Patrick Santomauro

As a Senior Broadcast Producer at NJTV, Patrick Santomauro is in charge of the daily editorial content for the network’s flagship program, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams. “I choose the stories that go in the show, and determine where they appear in the show. I’m the copyediting reporter and anchor scripts and coordinate with reporters throughout the day as they go on their story shoots,” Patrick says. Read on to learn about the path that led Patrick to NJTV, the experience of producing a nightly news program from home, and more.

What is your background, and how did you land at NJTV?

I have 10 years of experience in television and digital news. I started at a station in Palm Springs, then worked in Orlando, Boston and Los Angeles. My wife and I moved to LA because she got a promotion offer, but after a couple of years there, we wanted to be closer to our families in New Jersey and New York. So, I moved back to New York to look for work, living across the country from my wife. A few months later, I got the call from NJTV.

What is it like to produce and air a nightly news program with the entire production team working from home?

It is bizarre to produce a show while working from home. There’s really no better word for it. I could never have imagined working from home while producing a newscast, but we made it work and we did so quickly. When we first began working remotely, a temporary studio was set up in correspondent Brianna Vannozzi’s home, where show intros and segues were taped, and interviews were conducted via Skype and Facetime. That’s just one example of the team’s amazing resourcefulness. Kudos to the whole team for quickly making adjustments and figuring out ways we could still get the newscast out to the public — especially in this time when the public needs information.

For our Media with Impact campaign, we’ve been asking viewers to share stories describing how NJTV has influenced their life. How has NJTV or the PBS station of your childhood) inspired you?

PBS inspired me pretty early on because my grandmother used to watch me a lot when I was a child, and she watched it all the time. So besides the obvious Sesame Street, I grew up with educational television – sometimes learning about topics that were well beyond my years at the time. I’ve always been grateful for and appreciated the educational mission of PBS.

Which three shows airing on our stations this month are you most likely to watch, stream, or record?

Definitely NOVA, but also Frontline and PBS NewsHour.

Meet Clementine, the newest (and most adorable!) member of the NJTV News team.

Where do you live, and what are some of your favorite places in your neighborhood?

I live in Summit, New Jersey. I moved in at the beginning of February, and my wife joined me at the beginning of March — right before the quarantine went into effect. So, we haven’t had a chance to explore the town too much. However, my wife’s sister has lived here for years, so we’ve always enjoyed the downtown Summit area. I have Celiac’s Disease, meaning I’m gluten free, so I’ve really enjoyed Pascarella Bros. in nearby Chatham. They make pretty much everything gluten free!

What book are you currently reading?

Not currently reading a book, but my wife and I are catching up on all the TV shows we watch since we were apart for several months while I searched for a job. We just finished the HBO show Succession and absolutely loved it!

Do you have a special interest or hobby outside of work? If so, tell us about it!

I’m a bit of a nerd, so I would say video games are a major hobby. But for outdoors, my wife and I love taking our dog Clementine on hikes. We usually buy a book of trails for the state we live in and explore as many trails as possible, especially if our dog is allowed!


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