Notable people who studied broadcast journalism
Light, camera, action! Celebrities frequently appear on our television and movie screens. However, not all film and television personalities started their careers as actors. For our aspiring broadcast journalism students, it can be comforting to know that the skills learned at NYFA’s Broadcast Journalism Conservatory translate well to a range of vocations, including life in the spotlight.
The University of Texas at Austin awarded Matthew McConaughey a bachelor’s degree in radio, television, and film in 1993. After graduating from college, McConaughey intended to go to law school, but he soon fell realized that he had no interest in practicing law.
The Ball State University Radio and Television Program in Muncie, Indiana awarded David Letterman his degree. At student radio station WBST, he began his broadcasting career as an announcer and news anchor while still in college. After being fired, Letterman joined forces with WAGO-AM 570, a student radio station.
Although Howard Stern is best known as a radio host, he is also a television host, author, and actor. Stern graduated with a degree in communications from Boston University with honors. He also earned a certificate from the Radio Engineering Institute of Electronics in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He eventually obtained a first-class radiotelephone operator’s license, which is a document required by the Federal Communications Commission for all broadcasters.
Jerry Seinfeld originally enrolled at Oswego State University in New York. However, he switched to Queens College, City University of New York in his sophomore year. He earned degrees in theater and communication.
Not your usual host of a daytime chat program, Wendy Williams is unique. Williams studied communications for her Bachelor of Arts at Northeastern University in Boston from 1982 to 1986. She worked as a DJ for radio station WRBB when she was a student.
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