By: Barbara Goldsmith, Special to the Hellenic News of America
To quote the classic Tina Turner song, Markos Papadatos is “simply the best.” For the fifth consecutive year, the Powerjournalist was victorious in the “Best of Long Island” competition. He scored four wins in the “Arts and Entertainment” section this year, thus sweeping every category he was nominated in a true “Schitt’s Creek” Primetime Emmy fashion.
Affectionately known as the “Powerjournalist,” he won “Best Author on Long Island,” “Best Blogger from Long Island,” the newly-introduced “Best Poet” and the prestigious “Best Long Island Personality,” an honor that has gone to Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Billy Joel six times.
“To win all four of these ‘Best of Long Island’ categories is something that is beyond my wildest dreams. I am so thankful, honored, and humbled for this recognition. What a wonderful way to start off the New Year 2021,” he said.
“I want to dedicate all of these honors to the people and places that have molded me in my life: first and foremost, my mother, Effie, who is my biggest supporter in my life, my family, and my supportive teachers in life. Everybody at my junior high school, Adrien Block I.S. 25 Queens (Mrs. Leperides and Ms. Connell), as well as my high school Saint Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows and its teachers and its administration (Brother Leonard Conway, Mr. Patrick McLaughlin, and Dr. Joseph Castellano), as well as the amazing faculty and staff at Queens College in Flushing, which helped transform me into the journalist/editor that I am today,” he said.
“Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart, to everybody who believed in me and voted for me in all of these categories. I asked for votes, and all of you showered me with more love than I ever thought was imaginable,” he said, graciously.
“People ask me all the time what my proudest professional moment is in life, and to this day, it doesn’t change. It’s the same two words always: ‘leaving Corona.’ The best thing that I ever did in my life is leave Corona, Queens. Ever since, the world has been my oyster, and I’ve had the distinct pleasure to interview the greatest celebrities from all over the globe,” he said.
Papadatos serves as an Editor-at-Large of the online news publication Digital Journal, Managing Editor of Raver Magazine, Senior Editor of the Hellenic News of America, Contributing Editor of the Greek-American Herald, and he is an associate producer of “The Donna Drake Show” on CBS New York. “Eternal thanks to CEO and founder Michael Beas for taking me on to Raver Magazine back in the summer of 2019. I love it so much. Special thanks to the incomparable Dar Dowling as well,” he said. “Thank you to Donna Drake and Jessica Bellucci for welcoming me into the ‘Donna Drake Show’ family.”
Papadatos is a co-author of the motivational book, “Manifesting Your Dreams,” along with author Marla McKenna, Donna Drake, and other co-authors. Thanks to its commercial success, the book peaked at No. 1 in the following three Amazon categories “Baseball Biographies,” “Swimming” and “Grief & Bereavement.” It also landed in the Top 15 in the “Adoption” section and at No. 30 in the “Journalist Biographies” section of Amazon; moreover, the book was featured twice in Oprah Magazine.
Ever grateful and humble, Papadatos realized that it takes more than an army to accomplish this huge milestone, so he thanked everybody who helped him along the way.
Thank you to the following people:
NyCarole Luca, Cindy Vasko, Ken Phillips, Jane Zeigler, Mariella Stockmal, Steve Stockmal, Michael Caprio, Jasmin LaGuerta, AnnMarie Orlando Giglio, Xeno Papasimakis, Elianna Papasimakis, Tina Wiskemann, DJ Sandra Dee, Karen Moss, Jake Resnicow, Nancy Venti Clark, Dawn Fisher, Loreno Mayer, Sothia Chhoeum, Angelica, Theresa and Diane Schneider, Shawn O’Connor, photographer Daniel Mitchell, Alan Mercer, Barbara and Arlene Goldsmith, Denise Cirolia, Bubba Sparks and all the pole vaulters,Bruce Caldwell and the track and field community, Linda Prefontaine, Ari Kilian and Dawn Miller at Miler PR, Bjoern Kommerell, Zachary Smith, Marla McKenna, Donna Drake, Jessica Bellucci, Willy Sacco, Brad Everett Young, Ben Bryant, JR Rosenberg, Anthony Turk, Bryan Floyd, Nicole Cappiello, Kelsey Elizabeth Edquist, Elena Kay, Chad Schubert, Jack Ketsoyan, Carie Karavas, Gabriel Herring, Matt and Ashlee Williams, Mrs. Theodora Leperides, Vass, Leah Connolly and Ben Morling at Urban Rebel PR, Jenny Bohler, Susan Niles, Martha Moore, Professor Doreen Schmitt, Billy Dufresne, Fran DeFeo, Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees, Anthony Langone, Kory, Erin, Sara Jordan, and everybody at Marbaloo, Avery King, Elise Anderson, Mark Logsdon, Pam Lewis and everybody at PLA Media, Pauline Esposito, Salina Solomon, Alex and Olga Moschos of Neraki, Phil Sottile, Stacey Lerman, Melani Rogers, Teresa Ann, Paul Armento, Eric Ellis, Desiree Ellis, Vedder Gabriel, Lisa Rodrigo, Lou Peragine, Nick Rice, Michael Catalano, Edvin Ortega, Steve Bitterman, Shari Bitterman, Kate Richardson, Lynn Tinsey, Nicole Cochran, and everybody at Richlynn Group, Phil Smith, Gene Englese, Toni Campiglia, Mike Savage, Demetra Lecourezos, Aubrey Wollett, Marisa Mathew, Victoria Varela, Donna Pucciarelli, Publicity Nation PR (Jill Pavel, Brittany Stearns, and Kathryn Loewer), Herman Canosa, Spiro Markatos, Christos Pavlatos, Eric Hafker and Maria Cuchifrita and family, Dawn Andrew, Alex Andrew, Todd Greenstein, Toly Rod, Stephen Rosenbluth, Jennifer Robin Rosenbluth, Jason DeLeo, Cathy Santana Dunn, Efren Santana, Kelly Karavites, Jeff Gulko, Peter Marks, KellyAnn Kelly, Jackie Wright, Rebecca Yako, Deborah Palmo, Danielle Benya, Jane DiGioia, Cheri Berry, Michael Stover, Gigi Dimichino, Angela Ferazzoli, Virginia Barnett, Carol Barnett, Cheryl Dobbins, Priscilla Arena, Felisha Suggs, Jay Lane, Sheri Barnett, Chrissy Antosca, Claudine Webb, Scott Sexton, Logan DeLoye, Stacey Slotnick, Adrienne Brown, Bettejean Spatafore, Lorraine DeFlorio Nichols, Michael and Brooke Sarysz, Billy Holland and Cathy Nakos, Joseph Benegbi, Alexandrea Fortin, Bernadette and Jenn Pesco, Elizabeth Waldman Frazier, Rosalie Tuchman, Evelyn Alberto and Alexandra “Nana” Martinez, Melanie DuPont and Jessice Katz at Katz Public Relations, Ria Kavallieratou, Dani-elle Kleha, Mickey Jack Cones, Oliver McClellan, Kim Vanderhofe, Cindi Braff, T.J. Clemente, Michael Zhonga, Dominiki Damoulianos, Kelly Palace and Maria Parker at Champion’s Mojo, Katie and Brant Parsons, Willie D. Stevens, Kyle Stevens, Danny Romano, Jonathan Schulman, Kerri and Philip Barbera, James Salvato, Kristine Kennedy, Michael Beas, Dar Dowling, Anthony Bevilacqua, Ms. Kathleen Connell, Andrew Vagenas, Frances Wheeler, Jackie Clement, Clint Morris and everybody at October Coast Publicity, Tim Stark, Andrea Bruno-Buttafuoco, Kyle Watson, Kimberly Jones Buckner Warren, magician Jorgos Pampoukidis and Sevi Pampoukidou, Gary Hahn, Donna Kessinger, Andrew Rossow and Mark Pellegrino of The Guardian Project, Hannah Danilova, Petros Arzoumanidis, Lisa Strickland, Brandy Reed, Susan Bernhardt, Jillian Claire, Carolann Hynes, Deb Quimby, Lindsay Fellows, Wendy-Wilson Mchenry, Mike Foland, Noreen Onorato, Jillian Onorato, Missy Ducharme, Don Murry Grubbs, Kay Waggoner Burney, Glenna Freedman, Judy and Sean Katz, Scott Adkins and Kelli Wasilauski at Adkins Publicity, Christina Kotsamanidis, Joey Amato, Zach Farnum and Erin Fligel at 117 Group, Florence Vasilatos Zuder, Donna Sullivan, Dale Ann Bradley, Shannon Danielle Cones, Sarah Elder Lyons, Elizabeth Lyons, Carrie Farley, Loretta Cassidy Andrus, Gina Miller, Melissa Dragich-Cordero, Lisa Polizzi, Laura Desantis-Olsson, Carolyn Miller, Cindy Hunt and Monarch Publicity, Amy Sciaretto, Mike Colantuoni, and Tim Tatulli at Atom Splitter PR, Michele Frantzeskos, Hillary Epstein, Kat Smith, Colleen, Maggie Houlehan and Yvette Shearer, Sharon Hershberg, Edvin Ortega, David Buckner, Chris Jehnert, Karen Tallier, Jo Weil, Donna DeMeo Wicelinksi, Maria Giokaris, Jake Basden, Cristian Camilo Castro, Nancy Vazquez, Valerie, Will Kelly, Kali Chan, Mike DelGuidice and everybody at Big Shot, Ellen McAlpin, Lauren Davidson, Nancy Anastasio, Christopher and Jessica Anastasio, Caitlyn Dwyer, Dixie Owen, Deborah Radel and Jenna Roy at DRPR, Michael Dempsey, Linda Rohe, Erica Gerard, Nikos Arholekas, David “Dibby” Warren and The Marshall Tucker Band, Ed Solorzano, and Kristin Loretta, Paula Tountasakis, Kevin Perkins, George Birge and Cody Cooper from Waterloo Revival, Angela Mach and the team at Platform PR, Andrew Persaud, Amy Starr Weldon, Candice Sirota, Jerry and Louise Bruno, Alex Blake, Claire Cook, Mary Ann Kaylor Griffiths, Kristin Palmer, Stephanie Reeves-DeVage, Beverly Praytor Clugston, Sally Tervis, Shanelle Lynn Zimmerman, Tina Healy-Leather, Melissa Mathews, Hailey Bailey, and Jolyn Matsumuro, among others.
The Powerjournalist added, “As always, a special thank you to Digital Journal (and my colleagues Dr. Tim Sandle and Karen Graham), the Greek-American community, Aphrodite and Paul Kotrotsios of the Hellenic News of America, the Ken Phillips Group, Penny MacGregor and Star Image Entertainment, Matt Litchfield and Scott Layne at Spectrum Celebrity Events, Armada Music (Lisanne, Carmen, Marije, Nicole and Justine), Doug Gray and The Marshall Tucker Band, Coastal Entertainment, Neraki Greek Mediterranean Grill, GreeKrave, Star Struck Fan Events, Samantha’s Friends, Queens College, Saint Francis Prep High School, Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall (Ricky Cappiello, Tim Murray and Bobby Karounos), Rockwells in Pelham, the Governor’s Comedy Clubs on Long Island, The Paramount (Adam Ellis and all of the owners), and my mother, Effie, and family for all of their support.”
Many thanks to everyone over at “The Young and The Restless,” “The Bold and The Beautiful,” “Days of Our Lives” and “General Hospital” for immersing me in the daytime world. Special thanks to my family over at the digital drama series “The Bay” (especially Gregori J. Martin, Kristos Andrews, Eric Nelsen, Mike Manning, Brandon Beemer, Erik Fellows, Jade Harlow, Ronn Moss, and Wendy Riche).
Also, my “Studio City” family… Sean Kanan, Michele Kanan, Timothy Woodward Jr., Tristan Rogers, Philip Bruenn, Carolyn Hennesy, and Patrika Darbo.
Thanks to the awesome people and fans I met in the daytime world for all their love and support this year: Keith Holley and Paul Barotti of StarStruck Fan Events, Sammy Bozza and Alice Bozza of Samantha’s Friends, Michael Watters, Kathy Watters, Gina Johnny Morgan, Jennifer Edelson, Lisa Malley, Noreen Taylor, Tiffany Ladner, Jacqueline Lewis, Angela Joy Cole, Michele Lynn, Becca Carpenter, Joanie Nowak, Jamie Prevatt, Robin Ward, Penny MacGregor, Susan Farbizio, Rosalie Leto, Christine Carnazza, Theresa DePierro, and Tina Rosado, among other dedicated soap fans.
Special thanks to everybody at New York’s Country 94.7 (and Entercom) especially John Foxx, Kelly Ford, Jesse Addy, Katie Neal, Mike Allan, and the Entercom team.
Thank you to USA Swimming, the International Swimming League (ISL), and the entire swimming community for embracing me the last few three (almost) years, especially Michael Andrew, and the Andrew family (Peter and Tina Andrew). Also, thank you Nathan Adrian, Ryan Murphy, Caeleb Dressel, Jason Lezak, Lenny Krayzelburg, Brendan Hansen, Aaron Peirsol, Natalie Coughlin, Michael Chadwick, Guilherme Guido, Chad Le Clos, and Shantel and Josh Davis (and the Breakout Swim Clinic), for the terrific interviews and for being great role models for the youth.
“Most importantly, I want to thank every single person I ever interviewed in life,” he underscored. “I love telling everybody’s stories, and I am humbled that they trust me to share their stories with the rest of the world.”
“Also, if I forgot anybody, I am extremely sorry… but please know that you are all appreciated very much. I am beyond grateful for you all,” Papadatos said, effusively.
The Powerjournalist concluded, “It took me 15 years of hard work, perseverance and diligence to become an overnight success… and 15,000 articles bylines, as of today.”