On November 28, Chris Fusco ’90, managing editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, spoke at Marist as a part of the Explore Program’s Hawk Talk series in which industry leaders share their journeys and expertise with Marist students are beginning to evaluate colleges and careers.
This reflection is written by senior Maddie Dunterman, a member of the Explore Program, who spearheaded the event.
Mr. Fusco was an inspiration; there is no other way to say it. He related to every person in the room when he told his story of his successes and also his failures. Hearing his story has truly made me believe that anything is possible if you're willing to put in the time, patience, and the risk. A major lesson that he taught was to never expect to get anything, always work for it. It is clear that he has a true passion for his job and that he wouldn't want to be doing anything else, which also taught us that we should do something that we love when we are older.
Aside from his job, he spoke of his high school and college experience. He directly related to our experience at Marist and gave us a glance of what college could look like. When telling about his schooling adventures there were two main things that I distinctly remember. The first was that we are never going to be the best at everything we do, and we need to accept that. Second, you don't have to know what you are going to do the rest of your life in high school or even your first two years of college. Everyone should uses these years to experiment and see what you like and not just have your heart set on one thing.
Overall, this Hawk Talk was very inspirational and motivational on a high school and career level. He did an amazing job relating to the audience and holding the focus of all the students and parents. The crowd loved asking him questions, which he responded with honest and strong answers.
Fusco is an award-winning investigative reporter who was named managing editor of the Chicago Sun-Times in September, 2016. In his new role, he oversees daily print and online news coverage. He has been with the Sun-Times since 2000, after working as a reporter for the Daily Herald and the Northwest Herald.
During his time with the Sun-Times, Mr. Fusco won awards for his coverage of former Governor Rod Blagojevich and his investigation with Tim Novak and Carol Marin into the killing of David Koschman by a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley.