“There are no dull stories. Humans are full of wonder. No matter how you study our history, you will always, always find it.” -Jon Bois
Welcome to my website! This is a portfolio consisting of my best work as a journalist.
I started my journalism career at Lincoln High School. There, I did plenty of work for both our newspaper, The Lion’s Roar, and our broadcast, the LHS Advisory Report. Additionally, I did some journalism work during my high school years outside of the classroom for WPRO and WPRV.
I am currently the news editor for the University of Rhode Island’s student newspaper, The Good Five Cent Cigar, working on URI’s broadcast, 5CCN News, and producing and providing sports commentary for the university’s radio station, WRIU.
You can access all of my work through the tabs above.
My name is Adam Zangari and I am currently a sophomore at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island. During my high school career, I served as co-editor in chief of The Lion’s Roar and executive producer/ anchor of the LHS Advisory Report. Currently, I am a news editor for the Good Five Cent Cigar and a commentator/ host for URI athletics on WRIU.
I’ve won major awards for my work in the classroom. My pieces The Modern-Day Holocaust and Mbaye Diagne- A True Hero won New England Scholastic Press Association Special Achievement Awards. Additionally, my coverage of the 2018 midterm elections was a winner in the NESPA Localization Contest. I also won first place in the RI Future Business Leaders of America Journalism competition.
In college, I was given the honor of co-writing the Good Five Cent Cigar’s 50th anniversary commemoration, which can be found here.
Outside of the classroom, I’ve done work for two local radio stations based in East Providence- WPRO and WPRV. I worked on the air for WPRV on the show Drive-Thru Radio for over a year- April 2017 to October of 2018. I still work for WPRO and WPRV as a part-time intern. This past fall, I assisted the Rhode Island gubernatorial candidates prior to their debate on our station. During 2018 and 2019, I have done the pregame shows for the Rhode Island Interscholastic League basketball tournaments, which are broadcast on both stations. Some of these shows can be found here.
Over the summer of 2020, I interned with The Valley Breeze, a local newspaper serving most communities in northern Rhode Island. My work with them can be found on the Writing page.
What I am most proud of, however, was being chosen to represent my state at the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism conference this past summer. Since then, I’ve gone to many more national journalism camps and conferences, such as the Washington Journalism and Media Conference, and the NSPA/JEA conference in Chicago from Nov. 1-4, 2018.
This website was initially created to serve as my portfolio for the 2019 JEA Journalist of the Year competition. Thanks to this site, I can now proudly call myself the 2019 Rhode Island Student Journalist of the Year and a finalist for National Journalist of the Year. These awards are my biggest accomplishments thus far as a journalist, and I am looking to hopefully build upon them.
Some of my main interests outside of journalism are sports, politics, and social issues. These are often very newsworthy areas, and I feel I write some of my best stories at the convergence of these categories, such as The Dark History of the Boston Red Sox and Why Everyone is in the Wrong about Mesut Özil.
I believe that my work speaks for itself when it comes to my journalistic career. Hopefully you agree- click the links at the top of this page to view it.