Squitieri, Thomas

Thomas SquitieriTS Navigations LLC
Founder and Principal and Award-Winning Journalist
CLASS OF 1975

Thomas Squitieri’s four years at Washington & Jefferson College were some of the most memorable and enjoyable years of his life. In fact, the College had such an impact on Squitieri, that he returns to his beloved alma mater every January to teach an Intersession course on his experience as a war-zone reporter. “I love the new level of involvement that I have with the College,” he says.

As a student, Squitieri reveled in the variety of student groups and organizations on campus. He played tennis for two years, served on student government, and dabbled in the student-run radio station, WNJR. Academically, Squitieri’s interests led him to declare a political science major with a pre-law concentration. “I considered becoming a lawyer,” he recalls. “But, I fell in love with reporting. My political science major provided me with an important foundation to begin a career in journalism.”

Upon his graduation from W&J, Squitieri worked full time at the Valley News Dispatch, a news publication located near Pittsburgh. Four years later, he moved to Washington, D.C., to merge his writing with another of his passions—politics. He worked with three news organizations before landing a job at USA Today in 1989. During his 16 years with the publication, Squitieri covered issues ranging from foreign politics and the war in Iraq to the Clinton scandals. His reporting abroad garnered him several awards from the Overseas Press Club and White House Correspondents Association. In 2005, he left USA Today to join Dittus Communications as a senior media advisor before launching TS Navigations LLC. Under Squitieri’s leadership, this group of professionals specializes in writing, research and investigations, media training, and crisis communications, in offices both domestic and abroad.

Though Squitieri’s work has taken him to every continent in the world and to every state in the country, he remains loyal to his Western Pennsylvania roots. His respect for the area and its history of developing hard and honest workers led him to help fund the coal miner statue that sits in front of the Technology Center at W&J. He explains, “To me, the statue represents hard work and epitomizes the desire to educate oneself and one’s family.”