Huntington University Arizona hires Gates as broadcast media head

Huntington University Arizona has announced the hiring of Sean Gates as the director of broadcast media.

“Bringing Sean in as part of the Huntington University Arizona team is supremely exciting for me,” said Jeff Berggren, director of Arizona operations. “Broadcast media is such a strong part of the CTE Media program in Arizona high schools and now HU has an Emmy and Murrow Award-winning faculty member for those students to learn from after they graduate from high school.”

Gates’ first steps in higher education started in 1989 when he graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Throughout his career, he has worked as the chief photojournalist at multiple stations, including KXLY ABC 4. He has also worked as a photojournalist and editor for PBS’s “Nightly Business Report,” as well as working for the Republican National Committee in which he covered George W. Bush on the campaign trail. Included in his list of achievements, Gates won the Regional Edward R. Murrow Award in 2016 as well as the Rocky Mountain Regional Emmy in 2007, 2013 and 2014.

Huntington University Arizona opened its doors in 2016, welcoming students seeking a degree in digital media arts. The facility, a 30,000 square-foot building, houses bachelor’s degree programs in animation, film production, broadcast media and graphic design. The facility features film and TV studios, high-end computer classroom/labs, private editing suites, a state-of-the-art TV control room, Foley pit, a host of EFP and cinema cameras and lighting gear for student production work.