Department Chair, Digital Media & Communication Arts
Assistant Professor, Digital Media & Communication Arts
So that you might know a little more about me and what I hope to bring to this class, here is some of my background.
I spent 33-years in the broadcasting field, working in 8-markets and with 12-stations in both radio and television. I have held most every position in the field, from Assignment Editor, Producer, Executive Producer, Editor, Photographer, Reporter, Field Anchor, Studio Anchor, Field Producer, Special Projects producer, Executive Producer, Managing Editor, Assistant News Director and News Director.
I have interviewed three U-S Presidents, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. I covered several other presidents including Ronald Reagan. I interviewed Vice-President Walter Mondale and also covered presidential candidates Sen. John McCain, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and Sen. John Glenn. I traveled internationally to cover news, including Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico as well as all across the United States. I’ve covered Super Bowls, NBA Finals, NHL Finals and numerous National Political Conventions.
I am the winner of five (5) Television Emmy’s… two of which were won for Investigative Journalism. On-air talent, whom I have hired and coached now work for Fox, NBC, CBS and CNN. As well as in markets such as Dallas, Phoenix, Washington, D.C., New York, Detroit and San Diego. I taught broadcast media and journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. I also taught as Adjunct professor here at Liberty University for about 5-years, before leaving for 2-years and returning in 2009 as a full-time professor.
I began my college career in the College of Pharmacy but earned my Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. I earned my Master’s degree from another Christian school, Spring Arbor University in Michigan. And I am currently working on my doctorate here at Liberty.
Personally I am married to June, a preacher’s kid (PK) and I have four kids, two boys and two girls. They range in age from 28-13. My oldest daughter just returned from a mission’s trip to Romania. My oldest son just became a lawyer for Abercrombie & Fitch. My goal at LU is to be able to transfer some of this experience into meaningful opportunities for each of you, should you desire to enter the broadcasting field. And to prepare the rest of you to more clearly understand how the business works. The media is so critical in all of our lives, that we must know more about it to be successful advocates for Christ. May God bless you!