Bob is beginning his 7th year in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University where he teaches broadcast journalism and multimedia courses. Part of his teaching includes serving as executive producer of the multi-award-winning, “Focal Point,” a 30-minute student-produced newscast. In the past two years, Bob’s students have won nearly 60 awards for their work. Prior to teaching, Bob spent 17 years working in a TV newsroom shooting and editing stories for daily newscasts. He spent 14 of those years at WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan as staff photojournalist/chief photojournalist overseeing nearly a dozen photojournalists and editors. Bob is a life member of the National Press Photographers Association and held titles of president, vice president board member. He also served as the president of the Michigan TV News Photographers’ Association (MTNPA) for 6 years. Currently, he sits on the board of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation and was just recently elected to the board of the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. And as important as his career is, Bob’s family is most important to him. He wouldn’t be able to get through his daily routine without the help of his wife Susan;15-year-old daughter, Ilene; and 10 year-old son, Isaac.
Roles & Responsibilities
Executive Producer: Focal Point student produced newscast Board Member: Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation Board Member: National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Michigan Chapter. Contest Chair: Broadcast Education Association, News Division; Daily Newscast Category.
Awards, Honors and Recognitions
During his career, Bob has been honored with more than 40 awards for his work from the NPPA (National Press Photographers Association), MAB (Michigan Assoc. Broadcasters), and Michigan Associated Press, including, “Best Individual Photojournalism” in 1998 and 2006. He also has been honored with 7 regional EMMY nominations and 3 regional EMMY awards including a documentary produced in Malawi, Africa with MSU J-school colleague Sue Carter.
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What are three things you want your students to know about you?
If you are interested in broadcasting, we have many opportunities for you to get involved. Focal Point is the student-produced, EMMY-award winning program that has launched many successful careers in the broadcasting industry. It’s produced in JRN 406, but we are always looking for volunteers to help get experience. We have also launched, “The Spartan Broadcasters,” a student club that is part social and part hands-on. It’s a great opportunity to get involved and learn a ton about broadcasting, whether it’s news, sports or entertainment.
Describe in one sentence what you hope your students learn from you, your scholarly work or teaching
Hard work pays off.
Describe yourself in five words or less.
Visual storyteller teaching students excellence.