Paolantonio graduated, cum laude from the college, earning a bachelor’s degree in history, with a minor in English literature, in just three years.
While at the college, he was a resident adviser and a staff member of both WONY, the campus radio station, and The State Times, the student newspaper.  Paolantonio was named one of the top 100 graduates in the school’s history for the SUNY Oneonta centennial celebration in 1989.
In his journalism career, Paolantonio has covered 20 Super Bowls, Wimbledon, three national political conventions and the 1985 famine in Africa. Among his many honors are two Associated Press awards for reporting and six sports Emmys.
At ESPN, Paolantonio now covers the NFL for “SportsCenter” and “Sunday NFL Countdown” and hosts the “NFL Matchup” show. He is the author of three best-selling books, including “How Football Explains America.” He is a member of the selection committee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Paolantonio is a retired Navy lieutenant and married to Lynn (McGraw) Paolantonio, SUNY Oneonta Class of ‘78. They have three grown daughters.