Writer Makes Case for Support of Cambodian Children

Like others who hold SUNY Oswego diplomas, Anthony Karge ’08 has soared. His 8,560-mile journey has taken him to Phnom Penh, where he is communications officer, handling social media, newsletters and external communications for the Cambodian Children’s Fund.

Anthony Karge ’08

Anthony Karge ’08 talks with some of the beneficiaries of the Cambodian Children’s Fund, a nonprofit for which he has worked since January 2013.

“I’m using journalism and creative writing,” Karge says, “to make concrete contributions in one of the most impoverished areas of the globe.” An example of his teamwork is a video he publicized showing a trash-filled lot transformed into a playground. (Check out the video at alumni.oswego.edu/magazine.)

A few months after graduation, Karge began his career at The Westport News, published twice weekly in a Connecticut town outside New York City. After helping the newspaper become an online outlet, he left for Patch.com, an AOL online news network. There, he managed freelancers, established websites and learned the ethos of 24/7 news.

“Oswego gave me experience in writing creatively and in writing news copy,” he says. “I got management experience on the job.”

Filled with wanderlust, Karge traveled as an undergraduate to Poland, the ancestral homeland of his mother, Barbara, and Thailand, where he became enamored of Asian culture. In December 2012, he left AOL to move to Cambodia. He applied for writing jobs and was already in transit when the invitation to interview came from his current employer.

“Modern media made it possible,” he says of the Skype interview that resulted in an offer, which he accepted and arrived in Cambodia with a job.

On campus in April for an Alumni-In-Residence visit with his father, James Karge, who also attended Oswego, Anthony advised students, “Stay on top of industry trends, and always keep learning after graduation.”

—Linda Loomis ’90 M’97

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