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Jan Yanehiro
Jan Yanehiro
Director of Multimedia Communications

Jan Yanehiro pioneered the magazine format on television as co-host of “Evening Magazine,” a nightly program in San Francisco that ran for 15 years on KPIX TV-CBS5. Currently she is the Director of the School of MultiMedia Communications at Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She has hosted 6 documentaries on the redress and relocation issues of Japanese Americans during World War II. Jan has won multiple awards including an Emmy and the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award. She is the mother of six (three of her own and three step-children), holds seats on several boards including the Kristi Yamaguchi Always Dream Foundation and The Bank of Marin. Her latest book is titled, “This Is Not The Life I Ordered…50 Ways To Keep Your Head Above Water When Life Keeps Dragging You Down.”

Steve Kotton
Steve Kotton
Associate Director of Multimedia Communications

Steve Kotton has more than 25 years of experience in visual communication productions. He is the co-owner and Director of Production of New Material, Inc., A state of the art digital facility syndicated broadcast and the Web. Under the direction of Steve, New Material, Inc. has produced many notable award-winning projects.

Prior to founding New Material, Inc., Steve was the Director of Digital Education Productions and a Producer and Director at HGTV, The History Channel, and the DIY Network. His prior company, Pacific Video Resources, was a highly successful digital studio that produced corporate and creative broadcasts and webcasts. Steve has produced and directed live satellite broadcasts and webcasts. Steve has directed dozens of live satellite broadcasts and webcasts, live action and VFX for video games, and syndicated series.

Paul Colardo
Paul Colardo
Instructor

Paul Colardo has been a Executive Producer for entertainment, TV Specials, reality and news segments for major networks like ABC, CBS, NBC. He has also been a Brand & Marketing Producer/Director for fortune 50 companies like Apple, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, and Oracle. Also, he has been honored with Broadcast Emmy Award & The Cine Golden Eagle.

Joe Fonzi
Joe Fonzi
Instructor

Joe Fonzi is KTVU FOX 2's weekend sports anchor. He also hosts "49ers Total Access." Fonzi graduated with a BA Degree from California State University, Chico. He has worked at KPIX San Francisco from 1982 to 1994 as weekend sportscaster and feature reporter. Fonzi called the play-by-play for Oakland A's, San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Cal Pre-Season games and Cal football games.

Dianne Fukami
Dianne Fukami
Instructor

Dianne Fukami has been nominated for a National Emmy and was awarded the Northern California Emmy for Best Documentary. Prior to founding her own company in 1991, Dianne was Assistant News Director at KPIX-TV in San Francisco, the CBS affiliate. She was responsible for contract negotiations, marketing and promotion strategy, budgeting and hiring and firing decisions. Currently, Dianne is a governor of San Francisco/Northern California chapter of the National Academy of Television and Sciences.

Richard Hart
Richard Hart
Instructor

Richard Hart is one of the world's best known technology personalities. He is the only person to win both an Emmy award for comedy and a DuPont-Columbia Journalism Award for investigative reporting. He holds a degree in physics and is on NASA's official list to become the first American journalist to report from space. Today, Richard Hart reports on emerging technologies for television stations, including ABC7 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Manny Ramos
Manny Ramos
Instructor

Manny Ramos spent more than 30 years on camera. He was honored with close to 30 awards for his work, including 6 Emmy awards, two of them for Best On-Camera Talent. Manny Ramos works with executives and spokespeople to ensure they are prepares and confident whether interviewing with reporters, speaking in public, or in front of a camera. His work has been features in many national newscasts and shown at the Smithsonian Institution.

Toan Lam
Toan Lam
Instructor

Toan Lam comes to Academy of Art University with nearly 10 years of industry experience in front of and behind the camera, including as a host, news reporter, assignment editor, writer, field-producer, photographer and editor. His reporting credits include ABC in Wasau, Wisconsin, CBS Fresno, NBC in Midland Texas and KRON 4 in San Francisco. Lam is also a member of the Asian American Journalists Association.

Michael Rosenthal
Michael Rosenthal
Instructor

Michael Rosenthal accepts the 2008-2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement: Arts/Entertainment — Feature/Segment. The Award was presented for the "Bay Area Backroads" story Michael produced, wrote, and editing about an annual event called the Maker Faire.

Peter Shaplen
Peter Shaplen
Instructor

Peter Shaplen is an American journalist, ABC network news and corporate television producer, media message and crisis management consultant. He has produced news stories for American network newscasts and was also the media pool producer for high profile trials including the Scott Peterson double murder, OJ Simpson kidnapping and armed robbery pretrial. Shaplen has won numerous honors including a Mark Twain Award from the Associated Press, a Special Award from the Radio-TV News Directors Association.

Mike Sugerman
Mike Sugerman
Instructor

Mike Sugerman is one of the best storytellers in the Bay Area. He's among the most honored broadcast journalists in California with a total of 14 Emmys, including 6 Best Writing awards, and 8 National Awards. Sugerman brings his unique perspective to CBS 5 after two decades at KCBS Radio. He graduated with a BA in political science from UCLA and later earned a Master's Degree in the same from San Jose State. He currently lives in San Francisco with his wife Janice Wright, a KCBS reporter.

Anton Wannenburg
Anton Wannenburg
Instructor

Anton Wannenburg has been actively involved in the Digital Video, Animation and Motion Graphics industry for the past 14 years. Anton studied Computer Imaging and Animation in 1993 at the School of Communication Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina. After graduating Anton returned to his homeland, South Africa where he stared his own Animation and Graphics studio. Over the last 14 years his work has been used in a large variety of applications, everything from high-end TV commercials to award winning stereoscopic product launches. His animations have been seen everywhere from water screens in the jungles of Zimbabwe to the walls of museums in Switzerland, France, Seoul, Italy and the USA. Anton currently resides in the Bay Area where he works as a freelance Video, Animation and Graphics artist.

Desmond Crisis
Desmond Crisis
Instructor

Desmond Crisis started his career as both a game developer and radio personality. He has been a nominator and evaluator for the first Interactive Media Festival, traveling the world to view and describe the first explosion of interactive art and media. He has also appeared in The Cyberpunk Handbook and the film Synthetic Pleasures. Desmond has been a host and correspondent on CNET's Sci-Fi Channel shows Cool Tech, CNET Central, The Web, and The New Edge. And The Desmond Crisis Program on radio

John Scott
John Scott
Instructor

John Scott is an instructor, career services manager and the online coordinator for the School of Multimedia Communications at Academy of Art University. John has 34 years of radio, television and social media experience, managing properties for Clear Channel Entertainment, Media North America and other corporations. He writes the blog John Scott Stories and will publish his first full-length book in 2013.

Michelle Kennedy
Michelle Kennedy
Instructor

Michelle Kennedy has more than 10 years of experience working as a television news reporter and anchor. Most recently she worked at KRON 4 in San Francisco where she shot, wrote, edited and presented stories live for multiple newscasts.

Kennedy has a Master of Arts degree and is a frequent lecturer on the future of news reporting at colleges and universities throughout the Bay Area.

Kennedy also hosts corporate videos and works as a professional actor in her free time. She starred in episode 16 of NBC’s Trauma last season.

Liza Frampton
Liza Frampton
Instructor

Liza Frampton hosts, writes and produces projects for all platforms. In a career spanning 25 years, she has reported, anchored and produced television news, covering local and national events as well as entertainment news for Entertainment Tonight. Liza is also a media relations professional and media coach, preparing executives, spokespersons and anyone who needs tools for media events, and/or job interviews. As a professional speaker (and rare-cancer survivor), Liza equips and inspires audiences to persevere in every circumstance.

Mike Hegedus
Mike Hegedus
Instructor

Mike Hegedus has interviewed popes and presidents, bookmakers and beachcombers. He has covered three revolutions around the world, eight Olympic Games and fifteen Super Bowls. He has filed stories from such disparate points as China, Dubai, South Africa, Gaza, and all 50 states.

Hegedus was honored with the 2008 National Headliner Award in Economics and Consumer Journalism, named RVIA Journalist of the Year, awarded numerous Emmys from around the country, and nominated for one for reports from China. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Nightly Business Report on PBS.

Valerie Coleman Morris
Valerie Coleman Morris
Instructor

Valerie Coleman Morris began her career in San Francisco at KRON4 television as a reporter, and then became a long-time anchor at ABC7 KGO-TV. She is a former CNN anchor for domestic and international business.

Valerie has been awarded 3 Emmys, and shares a Peabody Award as part of the KCBS Newsradio team coverage of the 1989 San Francisco earthquake. She is creator of the long-running radio column With the Family in Mind, which airs nationally on CBS Network Radio.

Anastasia Shepherd
Anastasia Shepherd
Instructor

Anastasia Shepherd is a freelance editor, cinematographer, and graphic designer. After graduating from the University of Southern California's Film Production program with Honors in Multimedia Literacy, Ana went on to work as a video editor for clients such as KCET, KQED, Disney, Lexus, The Look TV, and The National Arts Journalism Summit. She taught filmmaking to high school students through the Dreaming Tree Films Project and taught Final Cut Pro and other software as an in-house instructor at the Apple Store. Ana has had a passion for teaching ever since she taught her little brother to read, and is fantastically excited to be here at Academy of Art University.

Matty Staudt
Matty Staudt
Instructor

Matty Staudt is 22 year radio vet. His career began at age 16 in West Virginia, in small markets, until he got his break working for the nationally syndicated G Gordon Liddy in DC. He moved on to mornings at WNEW in NYC where he worked alongside The Opie and Anthony Show and then for 8 years on The Alice Morning Show in SF. Matty left to help develop the podcast radio app Stitcher. His voice-over work is featured in the movie Cars. He resides in Hollywood and works as a consultant for such clients as Kevin Smith, Bill Romanowski, Jamie Foxx, and Premiere Radio. Matty is the host of the national syndicated radio show Your Straight Male Friend.

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