Also maintains title of Executive Producer, NJTV News
January 30, 2017 — NEWARK, NJ — Phil Alongi, executive producer of NJTV News, will be assuming a larger role to enhance the programming at NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network. His new title, effective immediately, is Executive Producer NJTV News and Director of Program Development. Alongi , who currently oversees all news operations for NJTV, including its flagship weeknight news program NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams, njtvnews.org, election and special event coverage and weekly series Reporters Roundtable, On The Record with Michael Aron, is now responsible for the network’s program expansion in the areas of news, public affairs, arts and other genres.
“All of us who have worked with Phil know how he has exercised both a journalistic sensibility as well as creativity in cultivating NJTV News into the quality news provider it is today,” said NJTV General Manager John Servidio. “Phil’s new role will expand on his skills and allow NJTV to look for new ways to expand into more news, public affairs, arts and other programming.”
Under Phil’s stewardship, the network’s weeknight newscast, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams, has kept the Garden State informed with headlining issues, and the result has been a growing audience. NJTV News on-air viewership is now pacing 42% ahead of last season and is enjoying even greater growth on social media and on-line viewing. Alongi and his team have also provided the state of New Jersey and beyond with in-depth, live coverage of key press conferences, including Governor Christie’s annual State of the State and budget addresses, election night, debates and breaking news specials.
Alongi was a primary architect in the conception, 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. Raised in Monmouth County, he now resides in Union County with his wife and daughter.