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Ken Fischer, Instructor

Professor-Ken-Fischer

Office: 1587 Gaylord Hall

Phone: (405) 325-4220

E-mail:kfischer@ou.edu

 

Education

  • Brigham Young University (MA)
  • California State University Fullerton (BA)
  • Santa Ana College (AA)

 

Background

Ken Fischer has worked in the broadcasting industry for more than two decades.  His career has included work in public broadcasting, commercial production and cable television.  In the early 1980s he served as Assistant News Director and a documentary producer at KBYU radio and television in Provo, Utah.  He then worked as a producer/director for Group W Cable in Fullerton and helped found the Orange County Cable Association.

 

After a season as a videotape editor at a Los Angeles animation house, Fischer returned to broadcasting.  In 1988 he joined the staff as Production Supervisor at KRWG-TV in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Fischer’s interest in sports led to his creating and producing the Sportsview 22 series.  In 1994 the program won First Place in the New Mexico Associated Press Documentary division for a local follow-up to Ken Burns’ PBS Baseball special.

 

In 1994 Fischer moved back to the journalism area when he accepted a position in the newsroom at WUFT-TV in Gainesville, Florida.  He served as field producer for WUFT-TV’s coverage of the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, the national championship football game.  In the late 90s he joined WOUB radio and television, the public broadcasting facility in Athens, Ohio.  Fischer served as News Director and an instructor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.  While in Athens, Ken was part of a new management team that made several changes in the WOUB operation.  This included changing the format, set and look of the television newscast, starting a news web site and creating a Friday Football Highlight program, Gridiron Glory.

 

Ken Fischer was on the Radio-Television faculty at Southern Illinois University Carbondale from 2000-2005 and the University of Central Florida in 2005-2006.  He joined the faculty at the Gaylord College in August 2006.  He is an active member of the Broadcast Education Association and also belongs to the Radio Television News Directors Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Association for Education of Journalism and Mass Communication and Alliance for Community Media.