Joe Chitwood

Joe began his career as a videographer with the College of Agriculture at the University of Arizona in 1984. He then moved across campus to Arizona Public Media (KUAT Communications Group) where he ran the MultiMedia department, specializing in improvement of the educational process through emerging technologies, such as developing the UA’s Distance Learning Unit into a nationally known organization.  

As assistant general manager for MultiMedia, Joe managed EBS (WiMax) frequencies, satellite, cable, fiber-optic, microwave, and Internet technologies, as well as satellite operations and productions with CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox Sports, and ESPN. He served as vice president for the National ITFS Association, Educational Broadband Service Advisory Board to Sprint/Nextel, and the Technology Policy Advisory Board to the City of Tucson’s Mayor and Council (TechPac). Joe chaired the UA’s Wireless Design Team (WiFi) and was a member of the UA Strategic Network Plan and Rates Initiative Study. For two five-year cycles he produced Telerounds, a nationally televised program via satellite, funded by the National Institutes of Health, which endowed the UA with the National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders.

For nearly a decade, Joe also was a facilitator in the Media Arts Professional Practices course, preparing students for a career in media arts. He was a valued jury member for the Media Arts Creative Advertising course, which leads students through a semester-long video promotion project that culminates in a juried presentation of their ideas.

After leaving Arizona Public Media, Joe was a Technical Manager for Fox Sports, IMG and other national networks.

As station manager for NAU-TV at Northern Arizona University, Joe managed three cable channels, an Internet site and Facebook channels. He helped produce Lumberjack sporting events and oversaw the transition from standard to high definition in two studios, master control, and a high-end HD production truck.  

Joe has garnered many local, state and national awards, including Emmys for ABC’s Good Morning America Team Emmy (Audio), and a Team Emmy (Production Manager) for a PBS Children’s Special with Cokie Roberts. In 2011 he was inducted in to the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter-NATAS Silver Circle Society, which recognizes individuals who have served in the industry for at least 25 years. 

Joe has spent many years volunteering with the Rotary Club of Tucson, assisting the organization in funding the Reading Seed program. He holds a BA in Radio & Television and a Master’s in Education from the UA.  

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