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DRYDEN, NY– Kara Vormwald found her passion while at Tompkins Cortland Community College. After completing a general studies degree at the College in 2012, the Dryden High graduate added a degree in communications and media arts in 2013. Along the way, she discovered a love of broadcasting.

Today, that love has led her to being the host/producer of “Around the Tiers,” which airs each weekday afternoon from 12:15 to 12:30 on WBNG-TV in Binghamton.

“From the first day I saw her on camera I knew she had national potential,” said Chris Xaver, the chair of communication and media arts program at the College. “I am delighted WBNG sees something special in her as well.”

After graduating from Tompkins Cortland, Vormwald transferred to SUNY Oswego and earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcast and mass communication in 2015. She started at WBNG as a producer after graduating from Oswego and was given her own show in September of 2016.

Vormwald, who goes by Kara Conrad on TV, credits her time at the College for helping her find her way. “My time at TC3 was a learning experience. I started out as a graphic design major, but that didn’t work out so I graduated with a general studies degree. Then I thought, ‘what’s next?’ That’s when I met Chris Xaver and I started that August in the communication program,” said Vormwald. “Every single professor I had was inspiring, smart and tough. They are people who are mentors and friends. The things I learned from them are unforgettable, as are the friendships I made and the people I met.”

The feeling is clearly mutual. “Kara is amazing.  She’s smart, articulate, and extremely hard working. And what I love the most is how she shares with our current students,” said Xaver, noting Vormwald has given tours of the television station and come back to campus to speak to current students. “She has inspired an entire group to follow in her path and I am so thankful for her commitment to us.”

“I will forever be grateful for my time at TC3. You don’t forget where you come from,” summed up Vormwald. “Especially when you have had the experience I had, and still have, with TC3.”

Michael Smith

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