Oratorio Media and Presentation Training, at your service.
Oratorio principals Susan Tomai and Bill Connor and the rest of the Oratorio team are award-winning broadcast journalists who show senior officials from around the world the power of persuasive sound bites and compelling presentations. In our TV studio located three blocks from the White House in Washington and in locations around the world, we serve senior-level clients from business, government, politics, associations and more.
Looking at a row of monitors in the control room of “Good Morning America” one day, producer Susan Tomai had an epiphany. Too many CEO’s and politicians were squandering a priceless opportunity on national television – failing to get their key messages across in a way that would sell products, advance and agenda, or win votes.
She started the media training and presentation training business that would become Oratorio and has since built a reputation as one of the world’s leading communications training specialists, counseling hundreds of business executives and public figures for interviews, crisis situations, speeches, presentations, and encounters with financial analysts and investors.
Susan has won several Emmy awards for her television work, as well as public relations industry awards including two Silver Anvils, the IABC Gold Quill Award, and several PRSA Certificates of Excellence and Commendations. She holds degrees in speech and drama from Marymount University and in mass communications from Emerson College, as well as a Certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown University.
Bill Connor hates to see executives and officials waste their time – and there’s no bigger waste of time than a badly prepared, lackadaisically delivered presentation or interview. So Bill specializes in helping high-level professionals crystallize their key messages and deliver them in clear and compelling ways, in media interviews, speeches and presentations.
Before joining Oratorio in 1997, Bill worked as a White House television correspondent and anchorman for twelve years. He has received numerous professional awards for his work, including an Associated Press citation for excellence in investigative reporting. He holds a B.A. in French Literature from Vassar College and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Andy Field is an award-winning broadcast journalist who has spent much of the last decade as the ABC Owned Stations Washington Correspondent and Bureau chief for WABC-TV New York covering stories around the world, from Israel to the Panama Canal – from the OJ Simpson Trial and four White House administrations, to medical, economic and consumer news. Andy continues to produce and report stories for ABC Network Television and Radio, PBS, Discovery and other local and national programs.
He has won Emmy, Telly and Aegis awards and was part of ABC News’ 9/11 attack coverage that was awarded the Alfred I. Dupont Award and the George Foster Peabody Award, the two highest honors in broadcast journalism. As a media and presentation coach, Andy has prepared clients to appear on network programs including: Oprah, 20/20, Dateline NBC, CNN, CBS newscasts, and National Public Radio. Andy received his Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University.
A native of Mexico City, Anne Murillo Hoyt is a broadcast journalist and film reviewer with over 20 years of experience in major TV and radio markets in the United States and Mexico. She is the Washington correspondent for Grupo Radio Centro and the film reviewer for Telemundo’s local websites. She has a Master’s degree in Humanities from Georgetown University and is a regular guest at Univision’s show “Al punto” with Jorge Ramos.
One of the most powerful tools used by Oratorio is video. The instant feedback from video review is an essential element of crafting effective messages and developing strong delivery and performance techniques. Oratorio depends on Pat Kehs and to integrate the technical equipment and common practices of broadcast production into Oratorio's training sessions.
Pat has over 20 years of experience making clients look their best in front of television cameras. His extensive broadcast credits include camera work for NBC, National Geographic, Reuters, and the live TV pool for three Presidential inaugurations. Pat has also worked as a Studio Lighting Director for Voice Of America, BBC and NBC, where he was recently nominated for a National Emmy Award for his work on Meet the Press.
Born in Mexico City, Alejandro Alvarado is a communications veteran with a strong background in Public Relations, Government Relations, Crisis Management, National Security and Journalism. As a Public Relations professional, Dr. Alvarado is a Senior Consultant for Porter Novelli and before that he was Vice President and Strategy Director of Porter Novelli Florida/Latin America. As a journalist, he has 25 years of experience in the print and electronic media.
He was editor-producer of the Univision news-magazine show “Aqui y Ahora”, equivalent to NBC’s Dateline Show. He also worked as a producer of the CBS-Telenoticias daily business-news segment and as a business anchor for the popular show “Gira Europea”. He holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Mexico, a Masters Degree in Inter American Studies (1996) and a Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Miami (2003).
Chris has worked for state governors, U.S. Senators, city mayors, national nonprofits, top creative agencies, and Fortune 500 clients to build first class digital strategies. He trains leaders in the art and science of digital strategy, storytelling, and marketing.
His past portfolio of clients and work includes Oratorio, DC Tech Meetup, LexisNexis, Kroger, William Grant & Sons, Volkswagen, Samuel Adams, Prestige Brands, The Balvenie Scotch, Milagro Tequila, Flor de Cana Rum, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.
Randy Gafner has been a broadcast network video journalist and producer in the Washington DC media corps for over 20 years. He has shot video and produced and edited for CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, WTTG-TV, WBNS-Columbus, TVBS-Taiwan, NHK, ASAHI, and Reuters. He has produced satellite media tours for the likes of Kitty Kelley, Kenny Rodgers, Martina McBride, Rob Thomas and Matchbox 20, among others.