The third annual Student Mentoring Program has selected the following three students to participate in the program after a rigorous application and review process. The students have a customized team of 6 mentors to meet with and discuss their career progress, goals, and what they need to do to improve.


Rochester native Cordell Cumming is a senior at SUNY Brockport studying journalism and broadcasting with a concentration in media production. He graduated with his Associate’s Degree from Monroe Community College in 2015.

Cumming is currently an intern with Spectrum News Rochester and WROC-TV. Along with his internships, he serves as the Sports Director at the college television station, Talon Television.

Before joining the television station in 2017, Cumming was a sports reporter at the campus radio station 89.1 The Point. He also worked at the college online news publication, “The Brockport Beat.” Cumming was the features reporter for a section of the publication called “Cordell’s Corner.”

Cumming aspires to be a sports reporter in the future.



Allison Staebell is a senior at the University at Buffalo majoring in Media Study and pursuing the journalism certificate with a minor in political science.

The lifelong Buffalo native attended Williamsville South High School. She currently works for Spectrum News as a News Assistant and interns at WIVB-TV.

Previously, Staebell interned at Spectrum News in the news department. She also currently serves as Senior Multimedia Editor for The Spectrum, the independent student publication of the University at Buffalo, and Technical Director for UB’s Student Association.

Staebell aspires to become a producer in the future and has an interest in videojournalism.


Monica Manney is Buffalo native and student at The State University of New York at Fredonia.  

At Fredonia, Manney is a junior studying journalism and sociology. She is also involved in campus activities as the communication chair for a women’s empowerment club, communication chair for a natural hair club, and many other boards to ensure diversity and students’ success on campus. Her personal mission is to amplify the voice of silenced groups and bring truth to her community through avid research and persistent questioning.

As an aspiring news anchor, Manney is building her resume with experiences that will increase her versatility and make her a strong competitor in the field of broadcast journalism. In her spare time, she is an ardent reader and a novice runner on her way to her first marathon!

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