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Jan Yanehiro

Director, Broadcast Journalist and Author

Jan Yanehiro co-hosted Evening Magazine, a nightly program in San Francisco that ran for 15 years on KPIX TV-CBS5.  The television show pioneered the use of video.  Evening Magazine is often cited as the show that launched entertainment and reality programming. Yanehiro traveled the world in search of exotic places and fascinating celebrities.  She has bungee jumped, sky dived with the Army’s Golden Knights and climbed a frozen waterfall in Colorado. She has hosted 6 documentaries on the US Government relocation and the redress of 110,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Yanehiro has won multiple awards including an Emmy, the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award and the Girl Scout’s Woman of Distinction. She is Board Chair of The Representation Project and holds seats on Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation and The Bank of Marin. Yanehiro graduated from Fresno State University with a degree in Journalism: News-Editorial.  She is the author of three books, her latest is, This Is Not The Life I Ordered…50 Ways To Keep Your Head Above Water When Life Keeps Dragging You Down.

Steve Kotton

Co-Director, Producer and Cinematographer

Steve Kotton has more than 30 years of experience in visual communication productions. He is the co-owner and Director of Production for New Material, Inc., that syndicates science and technology programming to  broadcast networks and the web. His prior company, Pacific Video Resources, produced satellite broadcasts, webcasts, live action and VFX for video games, and syndicated series. Kotton was the Director of Digital Education Productions and a Producer and Director for HGTV, The History Channel, and the DIY Network. He was selected as one of the first cinematographers in the country to test the first field video camera, the Ikegami HL 33 back in 1977.  Since then he has won many awards including 4 Emmys, a Clio and an International Film and Video Festival Award for Creative Excellence. Kotton is the Director of Photography for a new silent movie, The Canyon, produced for the 100th Anniversary of Essanay Films, Niles, California.

Cyrus Tabar

Full-Time Faculty, Director of Editing, Mac Tech Manager

Cyrus Tabar is the co-creator of the online music magazine, Chromavision. His company produces videos showcasing up and coming electronic musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the country. Tabar worked as a “Genius” and an Administrator, at Apple. He uses his keen knowledge of technology to ensure the department adapts to today’s rapidly changing, technology-driven world. Tabar has created a number of light and sound sculptures and his work has been shown in galleries in San Francisco.  He also produces multi media (art, music, films) events for public venues. He received his BFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute

Paul Colardo

Full-Time Faculty, Freshman Mentor

Paul Colardo has been a writer, producer, director and videographer. His work has been on Good Morning America, The Disney Channel and broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC. He is the Founder and President of East West Communications Group, a company that produced marketing videos and “Live” presentations for Fortune 50 companies such as Apple, Cisco, HP and Oracle. He has been honored with a broadcast Emmy for Best Feature Story and a Cine Golden Eagle for Outstanding Photography.  Colardo graduated with a BA degree in Sociology from Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island.

Richard Hart

Full-Time Faculty, Broadcast Journalist and Pilot

Richard Hart has reported on emerging technologies for ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Discovery, SyFy, and USA Network. As producer and host of Discovery’s longest-running technology series, he became the only person to win both a DuPont-Columbia Journalism Award for investigative reporting and an Emmy Award for comedy. Also one of the founding members of CNET/CBS Interactive, he continues to host technology reports syndicated to television stations in the US. Hart has co-hosted with Ryan Seacrest, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and Jan Yanehiro. He holds a degree in Physics from the University of Detroit, where he was an NCAA fencer. As a 2nd degree black belt, he founded United Taekwondo of San Diego. Hart is an instrument-rated pilot and an advanced SCUBA diver who has piloted an F-16 and bungee jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge.

Charles Mauer

Full-Time Faculty, Studio and Technical Director

Kevin Mauer was the Head Technical Director and Studio Manager for The Wealth Channel, directing daily live shows including Wealth Today and The One Person Campaign.  Previously, he was an Associate Producer and Coordinating Producer for QVC, one of the largest multimedia retailers in the world. Mauer was part of the team that built the QVC Studio, one of the largest studios in the country located in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Mauer has a BS degree in Film and Television from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

John Scott

Full-Time Faculty, Online Coordinator and Career Services Manager

John has been Content Manager and Program Director for two Clear Channel Media and Entertainment radio brands in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the Founder and President of ReinventU, a mobile channel app featuring job tips and career advice.  In 2000, Scott was part of the team at Command Audio.com that launched the world's first on-demand audio service. He has appeared in music videos, television commercials and a Hollywood movie - as the dinosaur rustler in Jurassic Park: The Lost World.  He has received several awards from the Northern California Radio/TV News Directors Association, for Best Breaking News Coverage, Best Newscast Under 15 Minutes and Best One-Person News Bureau.  Scott is the author of two e-books and audio books, Destination Reinvention: Starting Over During The Worst Economy Of A Lifetime and You. Employed: Why Winners Get Jobs.

Matty Staudt

Full-Time Faculty, UrbanKnightsRadio.com General Manager

Matty Staudt launched the University’s UrbanKnightsRadio.com, a student run radio station featured on iHeart Radio.  The online station has 70,000 listeners a month. Staudt started as a radio DJ in high school and became at 16, the youngest DJ in West Virginia. He later served as Executive Producer for the nationally syndicated G Gordon Liddy Show in Washington, DC. He moved on to co-host and executive produce for morning radio at WNEW, New York City.  He came to San Francisco to be a Producer/On Air Talent for the #1 rated The Alice Morning Show.  Staudt then created the podcast radio app Stitcher Radio which is now the world’s biggest app for on demand talk radio and podcasts. Look for Staudt, as Matti the car (blue car with the microphone) in Pixar’s animated movie, Cars.  Currently, Staudt is a radio consultant for Premiere Radio, the nation’s largest radio syndicator.  His clients include Director/Actor Kevin Smith, NFL All Pro Bill Romanowski, and Oscar Winner Jamie Foxx. Staudt graduated with a BA in English/Creative Writing from West Virginia University.

Valerie Coleman Morris

Part-Time Instructor, Broadcaster and Author

Valerie Coleman Morris began her career in San Francisco at KRON TV, San Francisco, as a reporter.  She then became News Anchor at KGO-ABC, San Francisco. She is the former Business Anchor for CNN national and international and co-anchored The Flipside, an hour program looking at news from a woman’s point of view. She writes, produces and reports on With the Family in Mind, a 90 second radio commentary about finance and families.  It airs three times a week on the CBS Radio Network. Morris has been awarded 3 Emmys, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the NY National Association of Black Journalists, and shares a Peabody Award as part of the KCBS News Radio team coverage of the 1989 San Francisco earthquake. Morris is the author of the book, It's Your Money So Take It Personally.  She has a BA in Journalism from San Jose State University, California and a Masters in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York.

Joe Fonzi

Part-Time Instructor, Television Sports Anchor

Joe Fonzi is KTVU FOX 2’s weekend sports anchor. He also hosts KTVU’s 49ers Point After and 49ers Total Access which won an Emmy for Outstanding Weekly News Program. Fonzi has interviewed countless sports legends, including football greats, Joe Montana, Steve Young and Jerry Rice.  He has also interviewed basketball stars Nate Thurmond, Stephen Curry and David Lee and baseball greats Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Tim Lincecum.  He worked as a reporter at KHSL TV, Chico, California; KXTV, Sacramento, California; KSBW TV, Salinas-Monterey and then KPIX TV, San Francisco.  Fonzi has been the play-by-play announcer for the Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers and UC Berkeley football games. He has been honored by the San Francisco Press Club, and has received several UPI (United Press International) awards and two NorCal RTNDA (Radio Television News Directors Association) awards. Fonzi graduated with a BA degree in Communications from California State University, Chico.

Toan Lam

Part-Time Instructor, Multi Media Broadcast Journalist

Toan Lam has been a news reporter for 10 years and has worked at ABC Wausau, Wisconsin; CBS Fresno, California; NBC Midland, Texas, and KRON TV in San Francisco.  He has covered politics, education, health, finance and entertainment.  He has been host of the acclaimed PBS television series, California Heartland. He is the founder and Chief Inspirator of Go Inspire Go, a global multimedia platform that produces inspirational stories of everyday heroes raising extraordinary funds for their causes. Lam is the host of the Go Inspire Go webisodes and writes the Go Inspire Go blog, which is featured in the Huffington Post and on Deepak Chopra’s Intent.com. Lam received his BA in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Journalism at the University of San Francisco.