Hi. My name is Ed Hughes. I am a Senior Adult Student here at Marist seeking a BA in Liberal Studies, with concentrations in History, Public History, and Communications. This is my first semester interning with the Hudson River Valley Institute.
I grew up in Lawrenceville, New Jersey which is located between Trenton and Princeton. An area rich in history, which inspired in me an interest in the American Revolution. I also enjoyed performing in local and regional theater growing up I obtained my High School diploma from George School, a Quaker Friends School in Newtown, Pennsylvania in 1990. I went on to study for a year at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. I then started an internship at a New York City radio station which led to a full time position, so I decided to put my college career on hold. Since then I have mostly been involved in aerial broadcasting, reporting and filming breaking news onboard news helicopters. I got married in 2008. My wife Meg and I have two beautiful sons, Crosby and Bennett, named after Bing Crosby and Tony Bennett. We live in Monroe, NY.
After twenty-five years working in the radio and television news industry in NYC and Philly, I have decided to finally go back to school and get my degree. Living in the Hudson River Valley has taught me how diverse an area it is, and of course how historic it is. I consider myself very lucky to be able to study history with such an outstanding faculty in the History Department at Marist. I hope to redirect my career towards writing and filming historical documentaries, or working at museums as a public historian. Combining my experience in television, film, and photography, I hope to maintain a channel on YouTube that offers historical lectures, films, and archives from around the entire Hudson River Valley, working in conjunction with HRVI and the different county historians. I hope to give access to the general public that increases awareness and the overall enjoyment of the history of this great river and region.