SRU student works at Super Bowl LI right from the sidelines

Published by Haley Potter, Author: Haley Potter - Rocket Contributor , Date: February 8, 2017
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Katerina Fissore, a junior integrated marketing communications major, was given the opportunity to travel to Houston over the weekend to be up close and personal with Superbowl LI.

Fissore became the social media assistant for most of the university’s social media content in the fall semester after being discovered for helping President Cheryl Norton navigate Twitter for the first time. In working with the Office of Communication and Public Affairs (CPA) on campus Fissore monitors SRU’s Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts for comments and questions.

Fissore was also given the chance to assist sideline reporter Erin Andrews during the Nov. 13 Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys game. This phenomenal opportunity was set up by her Uncle, Mark Fissure, a five-time Emmy Award winner working for the broadcast.

One opportunity led to another and before she knew it, Fissure was standing on the field in Houston at the Super Bowl on Sunday.

“I did two games in Pittsburgh,” Fissure said. “The Steelers vs. Cowboys and Steelers vs. Giants. From there they offered me a position at the Superbowl in Houston.”

During the game, Fissore was standing on the Patriot’s sideline taking notes on game highlights to be used for her broadcast to follow.

“I’m a huge football fan,” Fissore said. “I have four sisters. My dad watches all of our girly shows with us, so on Sundays, we would watch football. I have grown up watching the Steelers like most Pittsburgh people are. My roommates make fun of me for singing the ‘Polamalu’ song and the ‘Steeler Ladies Beyonce remix.'”

Fissore said that the Super Bowl LI game was incredible.

“When I walked out on the field on game day, I almost got emotional,” Fissore said. “The energy was amazing and there was so much excitement from everyone from the fans in the nosebleeds to the security guards.”

Fissore said that she was able to take away more knowledge about broadcasting and television from this game.

“There are so many people who put a lot of hard work into making the Super Bowl the success that it is,” Fissore said.

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Haley is a senior converged journalism major, and this is her fourth year contributing to the news section of The Rocket. This is her second year as a senior Rocket contributor and she focuses on campus and community news. Haley also contributes to the multimedia section of The Rocket, which goes hand-in-hand with her role as President of WSRU-TV News. After graduation, Haley hopes to continue her passion for reporting and become a broadcast news reporter or Multimedia Journalist at a local news station. Aside from The Rocket and WSRU-TV News, Haley is also a member of the Alpha Epsilon-Rho honor society, National Broadcasting Society, Lambda Pi Eta, and SRU's Project to End Human Trafficking.

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