Former ‘Today’ Show Director Joins Qubein School of Communication

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 20, 2015 – Emmy award-winning director Joe Michaels joined the faculty of High Point University’s Nido R. Qubein School of Communication.

Michaels has relocated to High Point from New York City, where he directed NBC’s “Today” show for 22 years. He began his career in television as an associate director and director for NBC Sports. His work includes The World Series, The Super Bowl, Wimbledon Tennis, Olympics, NBC Game of the Week, the Orange Bowl, Hula Bowl and NBC SportsWorld. He has also directed commercials, stage productions and special events.

A veteran television director and producer whose work has been watched by millions of viewers, Michaels teaches production courses and mentors communication students as an artist-in-residence. He also helps students produce their own news programing as executive producer of High Point University Television.

“I am looking forward to sharing my background and experiences with the future of creative media professionals. This includes helping them understand the mechanics of television production and how to use that knowledge to go out into the business world and create,” Michaels says. “It is really an honor and privilege to be able to work with so many talented students and professionals at HPU.”

His most recent work includes producing and directing a two-hour, live National Geographic Channel special, “Brain Surgery Live with Mental Floss,” premiering at 9 p.m. EDT on Oct. 25.

In his 40 years of work, Michaels has won eight Emmy awards for his sports and news productions as well as two Director’s Guild of America honors. He recently was awarded Most Distinguished Alumnus by Seton Hall University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1973.

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