Phil Alongi. Executive Producer NJTV News and Director of Program Development; among NJBIZ Forty Under 40; professional operatic tenor
Phil oversees all news operations for NJTV, including its flagship weeknight news program NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams, njtvnews.org, election and special event coverage and weekly series Reporters Roundtable, On The Record with Michael Aron. Recently, he expanded the networks’ offerings in news, public affairs, arts and other genres, growing on-air viewership 42% ahead of last season and even more extensively on social media and on-line viewing. Providing in-depth, live coverage of key press conferences, election night, debates and breaking news specials, Phil helped conceive, design and implement the Agnes Varis NJTV Studio in Newark, broadcast home for the network and the newscast. His accomplishments led to his induction into the NJBIZ Forty Under 40 program, honoring professionals under the age of 40 making headlines in their field. He started at NBC News in 1997, producing for Nightly News, The Today Show, News at Sunrise and covered six presidential election cycles, the second Gulf War, the shooting at Columbine and dozens of other major news events. Remarkably, he moonlights as a professional operatic tenor and has six televised performances and dozens of leading roles throughout the U.S. to his credit. Phil resides in Union County with his wife and daughter.
David R. Jones. The NY Times Assistant Managing Editor (ret); former NY Times and Wall Street Journal journalist
Dave Jones spent 40 years as a journalist, six as a reporter with The Wall Street Journal and 34 as a reporter and editor for The NY Times. As National Editor of The Times, he oversaw the general national news report for 15 years, including coverage of four Presidential elections. He later was Editor of National Editions for ten years and an Assistant Managing Editor for eight. The Journal hired him as a New York reporter and he later became Pittsburgh bureau chief. The Times hired him as national correspondent in Detroit, later sent him to its Washington bureau, and then to New York as an editor. He earned a BA in journalism at Penn State and an MA in American history from NYU. A member of the Penn State Board of Trustees for 15 years, Dave, has also served on various nonprofit boards. He and his wife, who met as reporters on the Penn State student newspaper, live in Montclair where Dave now co-chairs an authors’ series for the Montclair Public Library. Their daughter is a founding director of Page 73 Productions, a New York nonprofit dedicated to supporting and producing the plays of emerging American playwrights.
Michael Aaron Rockland. Rutgers University, Professor of American Studies; Author of books on NJ culture including Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike; New Jersey Monthly regular contributor
A Professor of American Studies at Rutgers University, Michael started in the U.S. diplomatic service, as a cultural attaché in Argentina and Spain. Of his fourteen books, five have received special recognition and prizes, including his first book, Sarmiento’s Travels in the United States in 1847, cited as one of the “Fifty Best Books of the Year” by The Washington Post’s Book World. His novel, A Bliss Case was a NY Times “Notable Book of the Year” and his co-authored book, Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike was chosen by the NJ State Library as one of the “Ten Best Books Ever Written on New Jersey or by a New Jerseyan.” His latest books are The George Washington Bridge: Poetry in Steel, Stones, a novel, and two memoirs, An American Diplomat in Franco Spain and Navy Crazy. Winner of seven major teaching/lecturing awards, including the National Teaching Award in American Studies, Michael has lectured in twenty three countries and is a frequent contributor to the New Jersey Monthly magazine. He is regularly interviewed on NPR and has worked in television and film production (mostly for PBS), including scripting and acting in one film, Three Days on Big City Waters.