Former ‘Today Show’ Director Joins Qubein School of Communication

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 16, 2015 – Joe Michaels, director of the NBC “Today Show” for 22 years, will join the faculty of the High Point University Nido R. Qubein School of Communication this fall.

Michaels is a eight-time Emmy award-winning director and a two-time Director’s Guild of America Honoree. He began his career in television as an associate director and director for NBC Sports Millions of fans watched his work on other Emmy winning telecasts including The World Series, The Super Bowl, Wimbledon Tennis, Olympics, NBC Game of the Week, Orange Bowl, Hula Bowl and NBC SportsWorld. He has directed commercials, stage productions and special events.

“I am excited to join the High Point University family,” says Michaels. “It has always been a dream of mine to help to develop world class leaders in the media space. The opportunity to work with such a diverse group of students and professionals makes this challenge a perfect fit. In my own career, I have always reached out for total excellence, and High Point University is an institution devoted to being extraordinary.”

“The faculty and staff of the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication are thrilled that Michaels will be joining us as an artist-in-residence,” says Dr. Wilfred Tremblay, dean of the school. “We thrive on offering hands-on instruction and there’s no better example of this than having Michaels on our team with 5,000 episodes of the ‘Today Show’ under his direction. He is committed to working closely and interactively with our students to develop their television talents.”

The Qubein School of Communication has state-of-the-art facilities that feature two high definition television production studios, a multi-track audio recording studio, editing suites, computer labs, a high-definition surround sound theatre-screening room, and an incredible games/interactive communication development studio. In fall 2015, three new majors will be added to the department, Sport and Event Management, Sport Communication and Documentary Media. The department has stellar faculty such as Charisse McGhee-Lazarou, former vice president of Primetime Programming at NBC. It is also supported by an advisory board of industry veterans such as chairman David Neal, a 34-time Emmy award-winning producer, Fox’s World Cup Coordinator, and one of the most decorated figures of sports television.

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