A veteran journalist with extensive experience in both the print and broadcast fields will present a timely lecture at the Arizona Senior Academy Wednesday (Jan. 11) on the subject “Journalism and the Media—Then and Now.”
The speaker is Anthony P. Hatch, who moved to Vail three years ago from Santa Fe where he had been an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico for 12 years. Beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the ASA Building, the lecture will be followed by a question and answer discussion with the speaker.
Hatch began his career in 1955 as a copy boy for NBC News in New York. He graduated from Hobart College in upstate New York, before joining CBS News as a writer, working with Andy Rooney on “Calendar” and with Harry Reasoner. During his 16 years with CBS, he moved up to assistant news director and director of public affairs, during which time he won two Emmy awards.
In 1968, Hatch accepted an invitation from the Israeli government to participate in a crash program to establish Israel Television News. He returned to New York in 1970, then went back to Israel to help cover the 1973 war and the 1974 Ma’alot Massacre.
After leaving CBS, Hatch worked in various public affairs capacities for ARCO, the Times Mirror (Los Angeles Times), and Walt Disney Imagineering. While in California, he received a master’s degree from Pepperdine University in American history and international relations.
In Santa Fe, Hatch established the news department for the local public radio station KSFR-FM. His book, “Tinder Box,” on America’s worst single building fire disaster, Chicago’s Iroquois Theater fire in 1903, was published in 2003.
Written by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer