Adele Sammarco

Adele Sammarco

Adele Sammarco received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts in the heart of Greenwich Village, where she majored in film and television communications. During her senior year, she produced, wrote, and directed the film “Rush Hour,” a day-in-the-life documentary about a college student's commute on the world famous Staten Island Ferry. Upon graduation, Adele Sammarco joined WWOR-TV Channel 9 News in New Jersey. While at Channel 9, Adele Sammarco field-produced the trial of John Gotti Sr. and the three day long Crown Heights Riots in 1991. A year later, Adele Sammarco became an original TV News Reporter at NY1 (New York 1), when the station first launched. NY1 is a Time Warner owned, 24-hour cable news station dedicated to covering the five boroughs of New York. Adele covered thousands of news stories between 1992 and 2001 for the station from breaking news to numerous exclusives such as a one-on-one interview with the Son of Sam's last victim. As NY1’s Environmental Reporter, Adele Sammarco investigated the Fresh Kills Landfill, and reported on unusual, rare forms of cancers developing in residents living in its vicinity. Her environmental reporting earned Adele Sammarco an award from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an organization dedicated to the protection of natural resources across the globe. Adele Sammarco became NY1’s first female Criminal Justice Reporter with her promotion in 1998. Her work included stories on ethnic profiling by the New York City Police Department (NYPD), police brutality, stories on organized crime including the trial of Genovese Crime Family Chief Vincent "Chin" Gigante, and the trial of Rapper Tupac Shakur. Adele Sammarco earned praise for her exposé on the unjust treatment of Arlene Oberg, who was imprisoned under the Rockefeller Drug Laws. After her stories aired, Oberg was granted clemency by then Governor George Pataki. The William Moses Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice, Inc. exemplified her work, calling it, “worthy of a dozen Emmys.” A native of Staten Island and dedicated to her hometown, Adele Sammarco worked as the Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden on Staten Island, a Director of Communications for the Staten Island Board of Realtors, Inc. and the Marketing Manager at the Center for the Arts at the College of Staten Island..

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