Every weekday morning Dan Cummings’ alarm goes off at 2:30. Two hours later he’s on the air, helping Central New Yorkers start their day as co-anchor of WSYR TV, Newschannel 9’s “The Morning News.” Cummings has been a staple of local media for nearly 40 years while working as an award-winning journalist.
Since 2008 he’s also been a professor at OCC bringing his unique perspective to the class he teaches, “Public Information Officer Basic Course.” Some of his students already work as volunteer firefighters or emergency medical technicians. One day they may be in a position where they will have to answer questions from the media. “I enjoy bringing my experience as the person who has been in the field reporting and asking questions,” Cummings said. “It helps me prepare them for what they will encounter. The students come with an active experience or interest. It’s wonderful to teach and engage and share conversation from the media side and hear what they have to say.”
Cummings was born and raised in southern Cayuga County. He earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo and a master’s degree from Cornell University. In 2013 he won an Edward R. Murrow award in the category of Best News Documentary for “Saints Among Us,” which told the stories of newly-canonized Saints Marianne Cope and Kateri Tekakwitha.