NJTV Team

 

General Manager

John Servidio John Servidio is the General Manager of NJTV, where he oversees the operation, staff, and programming for the New Jersey public television station. His hands-on management responsibilities include overseeing the NJTV’s weeknight news program, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams, and the network’s live programming and specials, including the Governor’s annual State of the State and Budget addresses, state budget hearings, local political debates and election coverage. Servidio works directly with filmmakers and outside producers to negotiate and green-light new network content, and cultivates an array of media and content partnerships across the Garden State, including remote production facilities. In front of the camera, Servidio currently hosts the network’s student-film series, NJDOCS, and records interstitial and Pledge messages. Servidio also serves as General Manager of the Long Island public television station WLIW21 since 2009.  Previously, Servidio was a consultant for WNET, parent company of award-winning public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV.  His relationship with public media began in 1995 when his company, Betelgeuse Productions, was hired to provide engineering and editorial services for WNET’s new online edit rooms. He resides in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife and daughter.

Executive Producer, NJTV News and Director of Program Developmentphil-alongi-2745r10

Phil Alongi oversees all news operations for NJTV, including its flagship weeknight news program, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams, njtvnews.org, Reporters Roundtable, On The Record with Michael Aron, election coverage and special event coverage and is responsible for the network’s program expansion in the areas of news, public affairs, arts and other genres. He was a primary architect in the concept, design and implementation of the Agnes Varis NJTV Studio in Newark, the broadcast home for the network and the newscast. Most recently, Alongi’s accomplishments have been recognized with his induction into the NJBiz Forty Under 40 program, honoring professionals under the age of 40 making headlines in their field. He began his broadcast career at NBC News in 1997. During his tenure at the network, he produced for Nightly News, the Today show, News at Sunrise and specials. He has covered six presidential election cycles, the Millennium/Y2K coverage, the second Gulf War, the shooting at Columbine and dozens of other major news events. When he’s not being a news junkie, he moonlights as a professional operatic tenor and has six televised performances and dozens of leading roles throughout the U.S. to his credit. A true Jersey guy raised in Monmouth County, he now resides in Union County with his wife and daughter.

Director of Development

Sarah Rosen Sarah Rosen is Director of Development for NJTV.  Previously Rosen served as Director of Development at Kent Place School and Deputy Director of Development and Director of Planned Giving at WNET.  She serves on the boards of Horizons Newark, the Frances & Edwin Cummings Memorial Fund, Duke NY and as co-chair of the Duke NY Women’s Forum.  Previously, she has served on the boards of Horizons National, the Summit Area Public Foundation, Bridges Outreach Inc., and the Duke University Council on Women’s Studies.  Rosen was a Lead NJ Fellow in 2014 and participated in Leadership New York in 1993. She graduated from Duke University and lives in Essex County, NJ.
 
 
 

Director of New Jersey Partnerships

Stephen Priolo Stephen Priolo is NJTV’s Director of New Jersey Partnerships.  After a short lived stint as a stockbroker, Priolo began his 17-year career in public broadcasting with New Jersey Network (NJN) in 1997 to follow his dream of working in the world of television and entertainment.  He began as an Account Executive for Corporate Support which led to Manager, Director and eventually, President of the Foundation for New Jersey Public Broadcasting, the revenue generating arm for NJN.  He, along with his talented colleagues, has produced hundreds of corporate branding and public awareness spots to help sponsors creatively and effectively communicate their brand position and good corporate citizenship to important stakeholders, decision-makers and consumers throughout New Jersey via airplay on NJTV’s unrivaled statewide TV network and digital platform. Priolo graduated from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and lives in Camden County, NJ.

Director of Communications

Deb Falk Deb Falk is Director of Communications for NJTV.  It’s her second purview into public television, having previously worked at WNET, overseeing national publicity campaigns for high-profile series like American Masters and Secrets of the Dead.  In-between, she served as Communications Direction for public-opinion polling firm Rasmussen Reports.  She launched her career as an account executive and copywriter at the NJ-based advertising and marketing firm, Zullo Associates, working primarily with national consumer goods brands such as Finlandia, Farmland Dairies and Mercedes-Benz. Falk received her B.A. from Rutgers University and lives in Monmouth County, NJ.
 
 

Executive Producer

Sally Garner is Executive Producer for NJTV.  An Emmy-award winning television producer, Garner’s experience includes producing, writing and reporting for CBS News and CNN, and public television in New York and Los Angeles. Most recently she produced and wrote Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield, a one-hour PBS documentary hosted by Bob Woodruff for which she was also Executive Producer.  Garner was Executive Producer of the weekly public affairs program MetroFocus which airs on THIRTEEN, WLIW and NJTV from March 2012-June 2015, a producer/writer for WNET’s nationally-distributed news program WorldFocus, and senior producer at NJTV’s weeknight news program, where she also produced live special events coverage. Garner produced and wrote WNET’s Treasures of New York: Lincoln Center, an hour-long documentary on the history and renovation of New York’s cultural arts center, hosted by Patti LuPone. She was Executive Producer for the live two-hour broadcast, Superstorm Sandy: A Live Town Hall, in May 2013, and co-executive producer of the live three-hour program What Next After Newtown in December, 2012. Garner received her B.A. from UCLA and lives in Hunterdon County, NJ.

General Counsel

patnorthropheadshot-2016Patricia T. Northrop is General Counsel for NJTV.  She advises the NJTV News team on news-gathering and First Amendment issues, and provides guidance across NJTV on issues relating to production, licensing, underwriting, governance, and other matters.   She also supports the Board of Trustees and serves as Assistant Secretary to the corporation. Northrop joined the WNET family of companies in 2011 and was appointed General Counsel for NJTV in January 2016.  Previously, Northrop served as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York Attorney General’s Office (Charities Bureau), worked in private practice at two New York City law firms, and clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Northrop received her J.D. cum laude from Duke Law School and her B.A. cum laude from The College of William & Mary.  She is a member of the Media Law Resource Center’s News-gathering Committee and the Duke NY Women’s Forum Executive Committee, as well as  various nonprofit association committees.  She also teaches as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School.  She lives in Morris County, NJ.