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Alumnus and ‘Nightline’ Producer Chris Murphey Offers Students Tips

Posted on June 24, 2014 in: Academics, Alumni, Feature Stories
Gonzaga alumnus Chris Murphey

Gonzaga (’96) alumnus Chris Murphey

SPOKANE, Wash. – Chris Murphey has come a long way since graduating from Gonzaga University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast studies. A producer for ABC’s “Nightline,” Murphey lives in New York City and visited his alma mater recently while in town for business.

In an interview, Murphey said he was able to build a strong resume through a dizzying array of jobs, starting as a production assistant at Corporate Television Networks Limited in London and a similar post at ITN during the UK’s general elections in 1997. Later that year he returned to the United States as a video journalist at CNN International’s world headquarters in Atlanta. Over the next four years he worked his way up to become associate producer – primarily working on the groundbreaking international music news program, “World Beat.” In 2001 he left Atlanta for New York and worked for a variety of broadcast and cable networks including MTV, ESPN, MSNBC, PBS, CNBC, and CBS before starting at “Nightline” in 2012.

Speaking to students in Senior Lecturer Dan Garrity’s class, he shared what it’s like to work in network news.

Murphey said giving back to Gonzaga is important to him since the University taught him the skills upon which he has built his career: shooting, editing and producing. He believes Gonzaga’s broadcast and electronic media studies program is the ideal size, giving students room to explore their craft and collaborate with their peers.

“It was just enough for me to have a grasp for what was next. It was like a tasty snack,” Chris said, adding that his passion for storytelling came out of his undergraduate experience, taking classes across the spectrum of what the University had to offer. Even now, he finds the greatest satisfaction in “finding a story, developing it, shooting it, editing and writing, and getting that finished product out there, on the air, so everybody else can see it.”

And his best advice to aspiring broadcast journalists?

“Be the complete package – someone who can develop, pitch, shoot, write, produce, and even edit.”

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