2021 Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Co-Honoree
Al Prieto ‘84
Margaret And Herman Sokol Award For Alumni Achievement And Civic Leadership
Herman ’37 and Margaret ’38 Sokol enjoyed successful careers after graduating from Montclair State University and were generous benefactors committed to improving future lives. Their philanthropy has established the University’s first endowed professorship and the Margaret and Herman Sokol Institute of Pharmaceutical Life Sciences that advances research on solutions to global health issues. Herman was president of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and part of the team that discovered tetracycline. Margaret was a public school math and science teacher. This award honors the commitment made by the Sokol Family and is bestowed on a Montclair State graduate who has made a significant contribution to industry, culture and /or society.
Al Prieto is Vice President of NewsOne at ABC News. He started at ABC in 1983 as a researcher at “Good Morning America.” In his career at ABC News, he has also been a Writer, Producer, Managing Editor, Director, and Executive Director before being promoted to Vice President in 2008.
In his current role as Vice President, Al oversees NewsOne, the ABC News feed service, which provides news content and services to more than 200 ABC affiliates as well as domestic and international partners. Al also oversees the international distribution of ABC News content.
Al received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Montclair State College. He serves on the Board of the College of the Arts and the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State. In 2015, Al was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of the Arts. He is also a volunteer and member of the Advisory Board at Toni’s Kitchen, a soup kitchen and food ministry of St. Luke’s Church in Montclair.
Al lives in Montclair with his wife Kathie and son Will.