“I was pretty active on the student council when I was in high school,” Noviello says. “So when they first came up with this idea of creating an Alumni Hall of Fame back in the early ’90s, they had a couple of student leaders on the committee that figured out what this would look like. I happened to be one of them, 25 years ago, when the first class was inducted.”
Noviello was also a student host for an inductee, acting as an ambassador and guide during the two-day induction event, which includes a day of visiting with classes to talk about careers. He doesn’t remember who the inductee was, but the details of the latest class of inductees don’t escape him — because he’s one of them.
On April 16, Noviello — who has been with Fox 4 since 2003 — will be inducted into the high school’s Alumni Hall of Fame. Noviello and other inductees will speak Noviello will visit with students during classes the next day. He is not expecting a sea of blank faces when he talks to the teens.
“I teach at Richland College, and some of my students are in the Richland collegiate program, which are technically high school students,” he says. “Every now and again, I forget that you get older each year, and the students say the same age. I’ll make a reference to something, and at some point I’ll go, ‘Oh, gosh, you don’t get that.’ Ten years ago, my students did, but these have no idea what I’m talking about.
“But if you look at the changing dynamic of news and how we a) gather and b) distribute the information, the habits of this new generation of news consumers are calling the shots,” he adds. “We have so much interest in studying them and how the prefer to perceive and absorb information that, really, I feel like I can learn more from them than they can from me during the exchange.”
Noviello graduated from the school in 1992. He received his bachelor’s in communication, with a cocentration on journalism, from State University of New York College at Geneseo, and his master’s in broadcast journalism from Emerson College in Boston. That might make it sound like Noviello was focused on journalism from the time he entered college, but that wasn’t the case.
“I actually went to college on a theater and voice program, thinking that maybe I wanted to go into acting,” Noviello says. “But originally, my plan was to go into advertising and become a copywriter. Even after college, I was still kind of unsure. It wasn’t until grad school that I figured out that I was going to become a journalist.
“But in high school, I had no idea,” Noviello continues. “I wasn’t at all active in any sort of student media, I didn’t write for the student newspaper, I never did any of that.”
Noviello, one of the most high-profile personalities at Fox 4, began his career in 1998 at KRCG-TV in Jefferson City, Mo. In 1999, he moved on to WVNY, a small Vermont station covering the Lake Champlain area in the northern part of the state. It was there that he had a career epiphany: According to his self-written Fox 4 bio, after he was assigned to find and talk to the family of a 15-year-old girl who had been found dead in a ditch and eventually talked to her weeping grandmother, he decided that this type of story wasn’t for him and decided to focus on consumer reporting.
He set a goal of being in a top 20 market by the time he was 30. He was working as a consumer reporter for a Fox station in Greensboro, N.C., when the KDFW opportunity came up. It was a shot at a top 5 market -- and he was only 28 at the time. He says that off-screen, he’s much like he is on-screen: looking for the best deal, making sure that businesses are honest. His consumer-report pieces air on Fox stations in more than a dozen other markets.
“I love getting a great deal on things,” Noviello told DFW.com in 2013, when he celebrated his 10th anniversary with Fox 4. “I'm fascinated by consumer technology, I will shop for years for something just to make sure I get the best quality and the best deal.”
Noviello will be one of five inductees; another is Louis Nicolosi, a 1984 grad who is now a New York City firefighter who was a 9-11 first responder. Also among the inductees is Bonnie Schneider, an on-camera meterologist for The Weather Channel and author of Extreme Weather.
“It’s kind of a journalism-heavy year,” Noviello says. “I was flipping back through the inductees from years prior, and there hasn’t been one from the class year that graduated with me. But I’ll probably have a bit in common and things to talk about with other inductees next week.
“But it’s interesting, in terms of diversity that you have a 9-11 responder — and way on the other side of that, someone like me who teaches people how to clip coupons and make sure they don’t spend more than they earn,” he adds with a laugh. “Actually, there’s a little more to my life than that. I think my volunteer work resonated with them.”