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Nicholas Ballasy ’08

Senior Video Reporter for The Daily Caller
Majors: Communication, Political Science

At Rider, you don’t have to wait. Opportunities are available to everyone. It just depends on individual drive, individual goals and just how serious you are.

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Why Nick Chose Rider

Nick chose Rider because he was able to get hands-on experience right from the start of his academic career as a broadcast journalism student. In fact, during his freshman year, Nick had the opportunity to produce and host his own television show, On the Issues, on the Rider University Network. During his college years, Nick sharpened his interview skills by going out in the field to interview influential political figures such as President Bill Clinton, Sen. John McCain and Sen. John Kerry for his campus television show. These experiences prepared him for the reporting he does today on Capitol Hill.

Rider's Impact on Nick's Success

Rider's convenient location between New York and Philadelphia made it easy for Nick to intern at ABC News in New York. In addition, his experience at the Fund for American Studies Institute on Political Journalism in Washington D.C., introduced and familiarized him with the inner-workings of the D.C. press, preparing him for his political journalism career. “Dr. Rusciano, professor of Political Science, told me about the program, which allowed students to take classes at Georgetown University while interning in communications. It's a highly competitive program, and I was chosen from a field of many qualified applicants to intern at CNN's White House Unit, a true testimonial to Rider’s communication program,” Nick said. “As a result of this experience, immediately after I graduated from Rider, I gained employment as a reporter on Capitol Hill for CNS News,” he added, “and that eventually led to my current position at The Daily Caller.” 

Continued Success

As a result of his experience interning at CNN’s White House Unit, Nick was offered a job as a reporter on Capitol Hill for CNS News, which eventually led to his current position as The Daily Caller's senior video reporter where he covers Capitol Hill.

 


Website: www.nickballasy.com

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  • Honors
    A magna cum laude graduate of Rider University, he is a member of the honor societies Alpha Lambda Delta, Lambda Pi Eta (communications) and Phi Sigma Alpha (political science).

  • Award Winner
    During his college career, Nick created, produced and hosted a public affairs show called On the Issues on public access television, which was awarded “Best Public Affairs Show” by the National Broadcasting Society. His sit-down interview with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace won a Telly Award. 

  • 3 Internships 
    ABC News in New York
    ABC’s World News Tonight
    CNN’s White House Unit

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