Lauren Scirocco

Sean Hannity Show Producer

Scirocco, a National Journalism Center (NJC) intern in the spring of 2009, was working at the Sean Hannity Radio Show in New York City. She interned three days per week in New York, and each Friday, Scirocco traveled from New York City’s Penn Station to Union Station in Washington, D.C., where she would spend the day listening to speakers and participating in training seminars with fellow NJC interns.

Scirocco recalled listening to Hannity’s show as a child and teenager with her siblings when her mother picked them up from school, so when she was offered an internship with the radio show, she was fulfilling a lifelong aspiration.

“it was a dream come true,” said Scirocco, “I grew up listening to [Sean Hannity’s] show, and talk radio has always been a big part of my life.”

Scirocco first heard of the National Journalism Center after attending Young America’s Foundation 2008 National Conservative Student Conference. She greatly enjoyed the program and knew she would appreciate working at NJC—a project of Young America’s Foundation.

in addition to her success with NJC, Scirocco was also
one of the Foundation’s top campus activists, participating
in campus initiatives, including the 9/11: Never Forget Project, and hosting conservative speakers, including Ann Coulter,
on her campus. She also visited the reagan ranch during the Foundation’s annual Club 100 retreat for top campus activists.

through her internships, Scirocco continued to be a voice for conservatism in the media where she says the liberal minority has a disproportionally strong voice throughout the country and through many different mediums.

“every day, we are bombarded with a strong presence of liberal ideology on television and in the news, in Hollywood and in our education system. there is a terrible disconnect between the media and real America. i hope to help lessen that disparity,” said Scirocco.

After finishing her internship with NJC, Scirocco interned at the Mark Levin Show during the summer of 2009. the next summer she served as a Sarah t. Hermann intern Scholar at the Foundation’s national headquarters, and in 2011, Scirocco

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Young America’s Foundation and National Journalism Center alumna Lauren Scirocco addresses students attending the Foundation’s 2010 National Conservative Student Conference in Washington, D.C.

Scirocco interviews Stephen Baldwin (left) and Kevin McCullough (right).

Lauren Scirocco visits Rancho del Cielo during the Foundation’s annual Club 100 retreat for top campus activists.

interned at the G. Gordon Liddy Show at radio America. While her list of internships is impressive, Scirocco

admits it has not been all glitz and glamour. Her internships required hard work and tasks that many might find mundane, but Scirocco knows that is part of the job. She says all interns would do well to remember it.

“Never act as though anything you’re asked to do is beneath you….i think it’s important to have a good attitude about it…” Scirocco noted.

Her dedication and work ethic have undoubtedly paid off. Following her internship with G. Gordon liddy, Scirocco learned of an opening at the Sean Hannity Radio Show. She quickly applied and was hired as the associate producer and call screener for the program. She also works on prepping for the show as well as booking guests.

“it’s great working for someone and something you believe in….i also love being able to speak with [Hannity’s] listeners. they are some of the most patriotic and passionate people i’ve ever encountered,” said Scirocco.

Scirocco says her involvement with Young America’s Foundation and the National Journalism Center has played a tremendous role in her life. “if it weren’t for YAF and NJC, my college experience would be very different, and i know
i would not be where i am today,” she explained. “i had
the opportunity to provide a voice for conservatism on my campus, and i am forever grateful for that.”