Sue Castorino is fortunate to have two distinguished careers; first as a successful on-air broadcast journalist, and now as an internationally recognized media and speech coach. Castorino is president of The Speaking Specialists in Chicago, which she founded in 1986. She provides contemporary media and social media training, issue management, crisis communication, and persuasive communication to individuals and groups at the highest levels around the world. She has conducted communications sessions for executives and professionals in business and athletics in North America, South America and Europe.
Castorino also serves on the faculty at Loyola University Chicago as an adjunct professor in the School of Communication, where she teaches courses in Public Speaking & Critical Thinking, Broadcast Journalism, and Ethics & Communication.
Castorino began her broadcasting career in community affairs for WBBM-TV in Chicago. She then served as on-air news anchor and reporter at two major stations in Cleveland, OH: first at all-news radio WERE-AM(NBC) , then at 50,000 watt powerhouse WWWE-AM (3WE) Radio(ABC), where she was news anchor, reporter, and talk show host. She also hosted Cavaliers basketball programs. Castorino then returned to Chicago as news anchor and reporter at all-news WBBM-AM(CBS). She conducted thousands of interviews and covered major local, regional, and national news and sports events.
As head of The Speaking Specialists, Castorino brings her wealth of expertise as an anchor and reporter who has been on the front lines, and as a guest speaker and speech coach. She also brings her fresh perspective as the media world continues to evolve.
Today as a popular lecturer and seminar leader, her topics range from "Dealing with the 21st Century Media", "Public vs. Private: You're Always on the Record", "Freedom from Fear of Public Speaking" and "Stop Rambling, Start Connecting."
She is a native of Columbus, Ohio and a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Speech.
Randy Minkoff has the rare distinction of having expertise in both print and broadcasting as a nationally recognized journalist. He has had several successful careers, first as a news and sports writer and broadcaster, and now as partner in The Speaking Specialists in Chicago. Minkoff conducts sessions in contemporary media and social media training, issue management, and persuasive communication for individuals and groups in business and athletics at the highest levels around the world.
Minkoff enjoyed a long and distinguished career with United Press International-first as the state news editor in Des Moines, IA and Frankfort, KY; then as the long time Midwest sports editor for UPI based in Chicago. During his career he covered major news and sporting events including various Super Bowls and World Series. His stories were published worldwide. While at UPI, he also served as television critic and columnist.
Minkoff then gained fame at WGN Radio, where he served as on-air reporter, anchor, and talk show host. He also was play-by-play announcer for DePaul menís basketball, with the legendary Ray Meyer as his broadcast partner. He also wrote a media column for Crainís Chicago Business.
Minkoff also serves on the faculty at Loyola University Chicago as an adjunct professor in the School of Communication, where he teaches various courses in print and broadcast journalism, including advanced sports reporting.
He is the author of "For Love of Ivy", the biography of the late Chicago Cub Ron Santo, chronicling his career and his fight against diabetes.
Today as a popular seminar leader, Minkoff brings his versatility and wealth of experience as a reporter who has been on the front lines. He brings his fresh perspective as the media world continues to evolve.
He is a native of St. Louis, MO and a graduate of Drake University's School of Journalism.