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Communications & Media Technologies Faculty

Jan Yanehiro

Director, School of Communications & Media Technologies

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

Associate Director, School of Communications & Media Technologies

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.

Michelle Kennedy

Online Coordinator & Career Services Manager, School of Communications & Media Technologies

Michelle Kennedy is a multimedia journalist, actress, host, and nonfiction writer. She holds a master’s degree in Radio and Television and has more than ten years of experience working as a television news reporter and anchor. Most recently, Kennedy worked at KRON 4 in San Francisco where she shot, wrote, edited, and presented stories live for multiple newscasts. Before KRON, she reported and anchored at KTXL in Sacramento, KNVN in Chico, and KIDK in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Throughout her career in news, Kennedy covered the disappearance and murder of Laci Peterson, hostage standoffs, high-speed chases, the tiger attacks at the San Francisco Zoo, and the elections of Governor Schwarzenegger and President Obama. She’s interviewed celebrities and jumped out of an airplane once on assignment. Kennedy is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Her articles on love, attachment, weight, age, and dealing with loss are published on a monthly basis. A member of the Screen Actors Guild, Kennedy starred in Episode 3, of Season 2, of TNT’s Murder in the First in 2015.

Richard Hart

Full-Time Faculty, School of Communications & Media Technologies

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.

Sharon Chin

Part-Time Instructor, School of Communications & Media Technologies

Sharon Chin is an anchor/reporter on CBS5 in San Francisco. Sharon has reported on everything from fires to politics to community heroes. Sharon had plans on becoming a doctor, but following an internship at an Asian American newspaper, she caught the news bug. She has worked in Medford, Oregon; Salinas, California and Silicon Valley. She has won an Emmy and was named Reporter of the Year by the Associated Press Television-Radio Association of California. She has a BA degree in political science from UC Berkeley and a master's in journalism from Northwestern University. She mentors young journalists as a member of the Asian American Journalists Association.

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.

Dianne Fukami

Part-Time Instructor, School of Communications & Media Technologies

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, Bridge Media, Dianne was Assistant News Director at CBS5 in San Francisco. After the 2011 massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Dianne produced a riveting documentary, Stories from Tohoku on the resilience of the survivors. She is currently producing a documentary on Congressman Norm Mineta, first Japanese American Mayor of a major US City. Dianne is on the board of the San Francisco/Northern California chapter of the National Academy of Television and Sciences.

Kevin Kunze

Part-Time Instructor, School of Communications & Media Technologies

At the age of five, Kevin decided to hijack the family camera to make a video of his family vacation. Today, Kunze Productions, specializing in 360 virtual reality, has produced more than 300 VR productions for some of the biggest companies including Apple, NASA, the San Francisco Giants, and San Francisco 49ers. He has also produced ad campaigns for 50 Cent, Steve Aoki and In 2014, Kevin's documentary, MOBILIZE, won Best Documentary Feature at the California Independent Film Festival. Kevin graduated from the University of San Francisco with a BA degree in Media Studies. Kevin teaches Virtual Reality Extreme Sports.

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 Lam received his BA in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Journalism at the University of San Francisco.

Manny Ramos

Part-Time Instructor, School of Communications & Media Technologies

Manny Ramos has more than 30 years experience on camera, 27 of which were on CBS5 in San Francisco. His work has been honored with nearly 30 awards, including six Emmys, two of them for Best On-Camera Talent. Manny works with executives and spokespeople to ensure they are prepared and confident, whether being interviewed by reporters, speaking in public, or appearing in front of a camera. His reports have been featured in many national newscasts and shown at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

Peter Shaplen

Part-Time Instructor, Multi Media Broadcast Journalist, Communications Consultant

Peter Shaplen is a producer, field director, writer, and media/crisis communicator. He has worked for ABC, CBS, CNBC, NBC, SKY News as a foreign correspondent and producer domestically for ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, 20/20 and Good Morning America. He has been Pool Producer for high profile trials including Michael Jackson, OJ Simpson and Scott Peterson. His hundreds of corporate clients include Cisco, HP, Astra Zeneca, Hitachi Data Systems, Levi Strauss and that work has appeared on PBS, more than 800 stations nationwide and on Broadway. A media and crisis communicator, he consults on criminal, civil and class action lawsuits and for companies facing consumer crises. Shaplen’s many national honors include special recognition from the Radio & Television News Directors and an Associated Press Mark Twain award. Shaplen graduated cum laude from Tufts University with a BA degree in Urban Studies. He is also on the faculty of the EW Scripps School of Journalism in Ohio.

Matty Staudt

Part-Time Instructor, School of Communications & Media Technologies

Matty Staudt launched the University’s, 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.

Pamela Uzzell

Part-Time Faculty, School of Communications & Media Technologies

Pam Uzzell is a video producer and editor based in Berkeley, California. A graduate of Brown University (B.A. in French Literature) and San Francisco State University (M.F.A. in Cinema), Uzzell has worked on over twenty feature films in post-production as a freelance picture and sound editor. Her feature film, Unearthing the Dream (2012), won Best Documentary at the Arkansas Black Independent Film Festival as well as an Indie Award of Merit, and was featured on Arkansas Educational Television Network as part of its Independent Producer Series.