Pointing You In the Right Direction for Over 25 Years
MEET BETTY-JO CUGINI
Supervisor of New Media at URI
Associate Professor at Emerson College
Betty–Jo Cugini Greene is currently Supervisor of New Media at The University of Rhode Island. She has over 25 years of experience in Print, Radio, Digital, and Broadcast both in front of the camera and behind the scenes on a national and local level. Cugini also currently owns Weathervane Communications providing media training and consulting work. She was Vice President of News leading her news team at NBC-10 WJAR-TV to a National Edward R. Murrow Award and was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, New England Chapter in 2010.
Betty–Jo has had a distinguished career in broadcast news beginning over 30 years ago at WERI/WRX radio, and then at ABC 6 and NBC 10. She rose through the ranks at NBC 10, from night side assignment editor to Vice President of News & Operations and News Director. She was named the first woman News Director & Vice President of News of NBC10 – WJAR, in its 70-year history and is still the only female to hold the post to this day. NBC 10 remained the number one station in all time periods during her tenure as News Director, held that lead news position, and was awarded the first National Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in 2008. While at NBC 10, she earned a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, worked for NBC O&O (owned and operated) stations as a Producer for the New Hampshire Presidential Primary as well as Field Producing local & National coverage of the plane crash that killed John F. Kennedy Jr. Cugini was also the Rhode Island Correspondent for USA Today and wrote a feature piece on Canob Park for the national publication.
She is the owner of Weathervane Communications and does consulting work and media training for various non-profit and for-profit companies and media corporations. Cugini also produces documentaries with an eye to preserving and sharing regionally based stories. Cugini has been acknowledged for her work earning three New England Emmy Award nominations since establishing Weathervane Communications in 2010.
Additionally, she is a two-time Emmy Award recipient and a winner of numerous Associated Press awards. Cugini is a recipient of the Press Freedom Award presented by RTDNA, Radio, and Television Digital News Association. She is a member of the Rhode Island PBS Advisory Council and a member of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences New England Chapter, previously serving as a Governor for their New England Chapter.
Cugini is committed to her community and helping others. She volunteers as a mentor, is a Trustee of the Babcock – Smith House Museum, Trustee of The Westerly Library and Wilcox Park, is a Trustee of Dean College & serves as Secretary of Westerly’s 350th Celebration. As a member of the Babcock- Smith House Granite Committee, Cugini headed the marketing arm of the recently released ” Built from Stone” book that details the granite industry’s ties to the area. She has also worked with the Westerly School Department creating a curriculum guide based on that book and now used by teachers in the fourth through seventh grades. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Adoption RI and a former Adoption RI Board Member, a founding member of the Citizens Champions Selection Committee. Cugini is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Rhode Island. She was a nominee for the Athena Award given by the Ocean State Chamber of Commerce. Cugini is a past member of the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Rhode Island (known now as GSSNE), and is currently an Associate Professor, teaching journalism at Emerson College in Boston.