Ed Demaria (BSJ13) is the Associate Producer for Meet the Press Daily on MSNBC. In his role he helps build banners and graphics, applying skills he learned during his undergraduate studies at Medill. As a recent graduate who has found success, Demaria says, “The things that really propelled me were the extra-curriculars at Medill.” Demaria served as a journalist for Medill on the Hill, an undergraduate journalism program where students cover stories in Washington D.C. “I work in Washington now, so the Medill on the Hill program was valuable because it taught me how to cover stories in D.C.” Demaria remembers covering the U.S. Congress, U.S. Supreme Court and reporting from The White House.
As a Weinberg transfer student, Demaria did not find the transition difficult. “I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do journalism,” he said. Demaria thought he wanted to become a lawyer. After writing for his high school newspaper he realized that Medill was a good option. “Medill teaches the same skills I would need as a lawyer. Eventually I realized journalism could combine a lot of my passions together.” Upon transferring, Demaria says “they got me right into my classes and I wasn’t too far behind.” Demaria credits Medill’s faculty, saying, “They worked me really hard.” Demaria remembers Assistant Professor Larry Stuelpnagel and Lecturer Michael Deas for providing great critiques, and keeping in touch with him post-graduation.
After graduating in 2013, Demaria says he “sent out 5,000 job applications.” It was Medill’s alumni network that ultimately connected him to NBC News, which led to being a Production Assistant for Meet the Press and ultimately, his current position at MSNBC.