Steve-KussinAfter graduating from Cornell, I went right to work as a desk assistant at CBS Radio Network News.  Times were turbulent:  Vietnam, Civil Rights, Women’s Lib– and it was an exciting time to be in the news business.  I decided to get my master’s degree in Speech and Broadcasting and eventually a PhD in what’s now called Educational Leadership– teaching high school English by day and going to class at night.  I loved the classroom and decided to remain in education, ultimately becoming a principal, a position I held for 21 years.  My career was extremely rewarding, but I always wondered what would have happened if I had remained at CBS.

Fate works in strange ways.  At a media conference, I “bumped” into Tim Scheld, News and Programming Director at WCBS.  One word changed my life:  education.  Tim asked me if I could sustain a daily report on that subject.  The rest is history!  My life had come full circle, and I was thrilled to be back at CBS.    On February 7, 2011 I went on the air for the first time.  I’ve always been a news junkie and listened to the station night and day; now I had the opportunity to be part of the station’s terrific team.   The icing on the cake is that the anchors, other reporters, and newsroom staff have been most welcoming.  The camaraderie which listeners may sense is very real.

I’m the luckiest guy in the world. My reports air three times a day, five times a week.  In addition, I’m on call to respond to education stories as they happen.  I get to talk to millions of people each day about a subject for which I have such a passion.

In addition to being the education reporter 880, I write a weekly newspaper about education for the Herald chain of community newspapers, teach at Hofstra University in the Department of Radio-Television-Film, and serve as a workshop presenter in the School of Education.  I continue to work as a consultant to school systems.  My textbook on school scheduling was published several years ago.  I just completed a novel and am currently working on turning it into a screenplay.  Any agents out there?!

I’ve also had training in suicide prevention for educators and volunteer as a workshop presenter for community groups on this subject.  In addition, I speak to high school students about cancer prevention through early detection on behalf of Hadassah.

My wife Sharyn, a foreign language teacher, and I are the parents of three sons (Todd, Eric, and Lonnie), all Cornell graduates, one daughter-in-law (Alyssa), one soon-to-be daughter-in-law (Laura), and grandparents of two granddaughters (Rebecca and Kaylee).  We live on Long Island’s south shore with our yellow lab, Kirby and two rescue cats, Ollie and Pixie.