J.T. Fetch ’08 considers himself a lucky man. An on-air anchor and reporter for News 12 in Brooklyn and the Bronx, Mr. Fetch knows how rare it is for such a young broadcast journalist to have on-air opportunities in the number one market in the country. “I’m in the front row as history is made and stories develop. I cover breaking news, but much of what I do is to localize international stories. It’s a collaborate process, crafting a story in a way that will make a connection with the viewers.”
Mr. Fetch’s first live on-air experience was as a student on Hun TV, when the crew would produce live shows during half days. “My first on-air interview was with [former Headmaster] Dr. Byer.” His experience on Hun TV made him feel comfortable on camera, although it took time and practice to find a tone and a voice. During his senior year at The Hun School, CNN Headline News Anchor Susan Hendricks ’91 spoke at Career Day and influenced Mr. Fetch to study broadcast journalism and communications in college. Originally at Arizona State University, Mr. Fetch transferred to Rider University, where he found he could get on-air experience immediately at the campus news station, and at the same time complete an internship with Fox News. “My advice for anyone looking to get on-air would be to go anyplace that will put you on camera. Experience is the key, so that you can create a package, it doesn’t matter where you are.”
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school. Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.