Telecasters Grad Gets Job at E! Online

Posted on: July 30, 2013

Jeffrey Wisenbaugh, a recent Telecasters graduate, was just hired as a digital writer and editor for E! Online and NBCUniversal. In his new role, Wisenbaugh creates content and manages the social media accounts of all original E! network shows.

“I'm thrilled that I'm getting this opportunity,” he said. “I've spent years creating digital content for my own platforms, so being able to do the same for a network I love is a dream come true.”

Wisenbaugh, who graduated in 2013, was a large part of MSU Telecasters.

“Being a part of Telecasters and working in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, I truly got first-hand experience developing and creating content that people would enjoy,” Wisenbaugh said.

“Through Telecasters and CAS, I didn't just sit in a classroom all day and get ‘talked at.’ I was able to use what I learned from the classroom and apply it to real projects that were fun and full of great people. I believe E! Entertainment and NBCUniversal saw that experience and my personal brand and thought I'd be a good fit within the company.”

While at MSU, Wisenbaugh worked closely with many CAS faculty members and students, including senior specialist and MSU Telecasters adviser Bob Albers, academic specialist Troy Hale and associate professor of journalism Geri Zeldes.

“Jeffrey is very good in front of the camera,” Albers said. “We're really proud of him, and we’re privileged to have had him work with us in CAS and the Sandbox. E! Online/NBCUniversal is lucky to have him.”

Throughout his time at MSU, Wisenbaugh had a handful of internships. Last summer, he moved to Los Angeles to work as a digital media intern for Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP) and a production intern for NBCUniversal G4’s “Attack of the Show.”

When the summer ended, RSP hired Wisenbaugh as a digital media reporter/writer. At the same time, he remained a full-time student at MSU, taking online classes while receiving internship credit.  After eight months in Los Angeles, Wisenbaugh returned to East Lansing in January to finish his last semester.

Wisenbaugh has a popular YouTube channel under the screen name “KoolJeffrey,” which he started in his parent's basement when he was 16 years old. The channel has more than one million views and more than 17,000 subscribers. In 2011, he won an Emmy from the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the On-Camera Talent: Performer/Narrator category for a compilation of segments he did for MSUToday on the Big Ten Network, titled “He Thinks He’s Funny.”

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