by Brendan Ward
From an early age Kennedy Rose was naturally curious or “nosey” as she described herself.
“I used to follow around fire fighters because I wanted to know and I wanted to tell other people,” Rose said.
Rose used her natural curiosity for good by joining her high school paper, though she joined in an unexpected way.
The Patchogue, New York native began her journalism career at Bellport High School. During the first week of classes, Rose’s English teacher pushed her to join the school’s newspaper.
Joining The Clipper, Bellport’s student newspaper, ignited Rose’s passion for journalism.
“It was all downhill from there,” Rose said with a laugh.
After graduating from high school, Rose enrolled in Syracuse University where she chose to major in newspaper & online journalism. She also joined The Daily Orange, an independent student newspaper at Syracuse, where she served as a staff writer, senior staff writer and assistant news editor before becoming news editor.
While at Syracuse, Rose covered a countless stories, including the suspension of the Syracuse University fraternity Theta Tau after videos of fraternity members using racist and offensive language were leaked on the internet. Rose along with Catherine Leffert, another Dow Jones News Fund intern this summer, and two other Daily Orange staff members covered the story.
“I think I slept a total of three hours during that [week] . . . and it was right before finals, which was super great,” Rose joked.
The Daily Orange’s coverage of the Theta Tau suspension won Best Print News Story by the Syracuse Press Club in the college division. The story was also nominated for Region 1 Society of Professional Journalist Mark of Excellence Awards.
Another major story Rose covered during her time with The Daily Orange was a fatal accident in which the Syracuse University head basketball coach, Jim Boeheim, struck and killed a pedestrian on the interstate.
The accident occurred days before Syracuse’s sold out game against Duke. Rose and The Daily Orange staff had to compete against national media to be the first to report the story. Rose said the experience taught her how to get a human story out of a tragedy.
Leffert, who worked along Rose as dual assistant news editors, described her as hardworking.
“Kennedy is the perfect person you want to have in any type of situation,” Leffert said.
Rose was always willing to cover any breaking news and she often volunteered her car to drive reporters to assignments.
“She would do anything for The Daily Orange and for any paper that she works for,” Leffert said.
Rose has also interned with the Albany Business Review and last summer Rose was selected as a Dow Jones News Fund intern and interned at Philadelphia Business Journal, where she will intern again this summer.
In her free time Rose likes to bake pies, chocolate marble cheesecake being is her favorite, and roller dance with her friends.
Rose graduated from Syracuse this spring and after her internship this summer she hopes to start her professional career with the American City Business Journals.