About Inside’s Contributors
From the first interview or photo to the final written and edited articles that you read here, the production of Inside is the work of a small staff of four regular contributors who cover events, people, and the arts. Intercollegiate athletics provides the sports stories; the Division of Research provides the stories on research, scholarly and creative activities; and occasionally other colleagues contribute as well.
Here, a little bit about the people whose work you see most frequently in this publication:
Katie Ellis joined the staff at Binghamton University in 1994 as director of media relations and became director of communications, coordinating much of the University’s internal communications, in 2004. Now senior director of communications and marketing, she works with administrators and staff across all divisions to provide timely information about Binghamton University to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community. She plays a key role in emergency communications, but is perhaps best known on campus as the person who programs the electronic signs at the entrances to campus!
Prior to joining the University, she was public relations coordinator for the Broome-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services and the Vestal Central School District. A graduate of St. Bonaventure University, she also taught Oral and Written Communications to first-year MBA students at Binghamton University and she is currently president of the Board of Directors for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County.
Proud mom to 20-year-old twin daughters, her biggest joy comes from watching them perform as dance majors in their junior year of college – one at Butler University and the other at the Boston Conservatory.
Eric Coker has served as editor of Inside Binghamton University since joining the University in 2008. He also edited Dateline (the daily e-mail of news items sent to faculty and staff) and B-Line (the daily e-mail sent to students) for five years. In addition, he serves as communications liaison to Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, where he works with student writing interns to produce the school’s annual magazine and electronic newsletters – Harpur Perspective.
A graduate of SUNY Brockport, Eric spent more than 15 years in newspapers, including eight years at The Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, N.Y., as a news editor and page designer. Prior to that, he was the night managing editor at The Daily Star in Oneonta, N.Y., and covered the Oneida Indian Nation for The Oneida Daily Dispatch in Oneida, N.Y.
A self-proclaimed music historian, Eric has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Billboard Hot 100 charts and is an avid music fan and collector. He has interviewed artists ranging from Kenny Loggins and Donna Summer to Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys and Roger McGuinn of The Byrds. He also enjoys presidential politics, professional and college sports, pop culture and celebrity obituaries.
John Brhel joined the staff at Binghamton University in 2013. As assistant communications and outreach coordinator, he wears a number of hats. Along with writing stories for Inside, John handles B-Line and Dateline duties, writes website copy, and helps administrators and staff execute an eclectic assortment of marketing initiatives.
Prior to joining the University, he worked as a copywriter and social media manager for dozens of clients around the globe, including digital marketing agencies, retail businesses and tech startups. He graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelor of arts in journalism.
A lover of the written word, John spends most of his free time reading and writing fiction. When his face isn’t buried in a book, you’ll often find him running, hiking or playing music. He lives in Endicott with his wife, Sybil, and beagle, Lorelai.
Jonathan Cohen has been Binghamton University’s photographer since 2005. His passion for telling Binghamton’s story through photography sprouted from working as a photojournalist for nearly a decade after graduating with a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1996 from the University of Connecticut.
Jonathan has captured many of Binghamton’s proudest moments, including President Barack Obama’s historic visit to campus, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O”Connor’s acceptance of an honorary degree, the confirmation of Binghamton’s 100,000th graduate, the sheltering in our Events Center of area residents displaced after floods in 2006 and 2011, and Binghamton’s various student-athletes winning America East Conference championships.
Jonathan’s work is found on the pages of Binghamton University Magazine and Binghamton University Research, as well as the walls of various buildings around campus. His work is also published online on the popular web pages, Inside Binghamton University and Daily Photo, as well as through various social media forums.
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education, SUNYCUAD, the University Photographers Association of America and the Communications Association of the Southern Tier have all recognized Jonathan’s photography with their highest awards throughout his tenure at Binghamton University.