Annual Alumni Day & Chowder Fest

This year's Chowder Fest was held Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Every year the English Department, in conjunction with Clark’s Alumni-In-Residence event, serves up hearty soups and clam chowder as part of an evening discussion with distinguished alumni who once studied English in our department. This year's speaker was Brian Shactman. Brian talked about how Clark, the English Department, and his degree benefited him in his career.

Brian Shactman, M.A. '02, is currently a morning anchor on NECN.  He previously worked at MSNBC as host of "Way Too Early" morning show.  Brian also worked with CNBC as a general assignment reporter and fillin anchor for teh network's businesss day programming.  At CNBC, he covered a range of stories for the network, including the BP Oil Spill, the fall of Bear Stearns, NASA's final Space Shuttle launch and Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy.  In 2012, Brian was nominated for an Emmy Award for his coverage of the oil boom in North Dakota.

Brian hosted "CNBC Sports Biz: Game On" on the NBC Sports Network and "Worldwide Exchange" on CNBC.  Brain has been the sole correspndent on network documentaries including "Cigarette Wars,""Ameriaca's Oil Rush" and "Dangerous Trade: Exotic Animals."  Prior to CNBC, Brian worked at NBC's local Connecticut station, as well as ESPN.  At ESPN, Brian contributed content on all platforms: ESPN Radio, SportsCenter, ESPNews adn ESPN.com.

In 2003, Brian won the Associated Press award for a documentary on Hall of Fame basketball coach Geno Auriemma.  He also received three regional Emmy nominations in 2002 for his sports anchoring and reporting.  Brian earned a B.A. in English and history form Amherst College and a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from Clark University.