With what began as a simple idea two years earlier, Jesse assembled a staff of 70+ students in 2015 to help him fulfill his vision and create what would become the on-campus and community-wide late night show – Pitt Tonight.
Over the year and a half that followed, twelve episodes were taped in front of audiences of 500, with guests from around the city ranging from politicians, scientists, rock bands, and screenwriters, to poets, cafeteria workers, ballerinas, and athletes. Jesse used the late night format to spotlight the unappreciated members of the school and Pittsburgh community, establish a learning environment for himself and his peers in media and entertainment at a school with no broadcast facility or major, and hone his skills as a showrunner, performer, marketeer, producer, video editor, and above all else – host.
In October 2016, "Pitt Tonight" was nominated for two Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards for Best Arts & Entertainment Program and Jesse in the Talent Category – the first Emmy nominations in University of Pittsburgh history.
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– Ep. 7 (Pat Gallagher, Andrew Dow, Johnny Wall, O'Hara, Jack Poole, Dan Gilman, Joey Marchi, Ossia Dwyer, Susie McConnell-Serio, Gene New, Sydney Harper, Natalie Dall, Nasreen Harun, Ian Snyder, Chas Bonasorte, Ophelia Ferguson, Ian DeSilvio, members of the Pitt A cappella community, Oakland Zoo, Panther Pitt)