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Published:March 18th, 2012 14:21 EST
Interviewing the Interviewer, Judyth Piazza Joins Donna Cavanagh and Wicked Wednesdays

Interviewing the Interviewer, Judyth Piazza Joins Donna Cavanagh and Wicked Wednesdays

By Donna Cavanagh


Judyth Piazza stopped by to chat with Donna Cavanagh on Wicked Wednesdays and made an exciting announcement.  One of radio`s best personalities and interviewer, see what new venture Judyth is taking on and also enjoy some fun girl talk. - The Place to Take a Humor Break

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"Even as a little girl I knew super heroes and Barbies were not real, but super writers were. "

As a young girl, Judyth Piazza dreamt of becoming a professional writer and broadcaster. She would play with her father`s old Polaroid camera and fedora hat, imagining that she was an ace reporter. She enjoyed terrorizing her neighbors with no-so-optional subscriptions to the Piazza News Day, of which the then-fourth grader was Chief Editor. Piazza recalls, When most little girls were asking their parents for Barbie and Ken dolls for Christmas, I was asking my parents for Peter Parker and Clarke Kent dolls. Even as a little girl I knew super heroes and Barbies were not real, but super writers were. "

Of course, as often happens in life, this dream of Judyth`s was pushed to the wayside for a little while but true passions can be suppressed for only so long.

Fewer careers are harder to break into than journalism and radio. To do so demands not only talent, but a potent mix of determination and the fierce drive to succeed. About seven years ago, Piazza realized that not only did she possess all of these qualities, but that it was finally time to put them to good use. She decided to take a chance and shape her own destiny. In the spring of 2003, this single mother returned to school with the exciting goal of making a name for herself in the world of journalism and broadcasting.

Fueled by her hunger for news and information, Piazza actively sought out any venue through which she could publish her work. George E. Curry, editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service and, had this to say about Piazza:

Judyth has an unbelievable amount of energy and drive. Once she sets her mind to something, look out world because she`s going to accomplish her goal. "

Working with the guidance of some of the top experts in the field she was able to succeed as a nationally recognized print and broadcast media personality. Piazza also found success through branching out into radio, producing and hosting her own radio show, The American Perspective which debuted on both AM and FM channels simultaneously. Still, Piazza felt the need to do more. She resolved to turn her own experiences in climbing the daunting journalistic career ladder into valuable assistance for up-and-coming student writers and unpublished authors, helping them accomplish their own goals.

This led Piazza to found The Student Operated Press ( An internship with the Student Operated Press gives aspiring student writers the opportunity to have their work published, no matter their lack of prior experience. It is rapidly becoming a precious stepping stone on the path to success. Piazza`s personal advice, encouragement and leadership, as well as that of various respected editors and mentors, makes it all the more an indispensable experience for budding writers. The site is packed with tips and resources for writers, while answers to questions are only an e-mail, phone call or instant message away.

George E. Curry was so impressed by Piazza`s wish to help other writers that he gladly agreed to be a featured editor and mentor for the Student Operated Press. He notes that Piazza has a passion for helping young people and doesn`t mind asking for help. Barely five minutes into their first meeting, Curry found himself volunteering his services. She is so sincere that you want to help her, even if you`ve just met her. "

It is this unbridled encouragement that takes the Press, and those who contribute to it, to the next level. The true beauty of the Student Operated Press is that it is a powerful news source to be reckoned with. In-depth articles on topics ranging from entertainment, literature, politics, current events and everything in between are posted daily. Insightful interviews with figures such as What Healthy People Know author Dr. Bob Gleeson, and Yolanda King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., give the Press a competitive journalistic edge.

An ambitious plan, yes, but Judyth Piazza and the Student Operated Press are proof that the right combination of talent and drive can make any dream a reality. As one of Piazza`s favorite quotes by Charles Reade says,

Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny. "


Written by  Maria Marchisello and Judyth Piazza

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