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Over ten years of film & video experience have led me to the wonderful world of broadcast. Today I focus on delivering compelling, thorough and relevant news. As a TV and web reporter with creating shooting and editing skills, my daily goal is to capture the character of the community while engaging the audience to want more. Feel free to send me your ideas!

Journalist Rebecca Aguilar SPJ Lecture

UTA’s Society of Professional Journalists hosted a lecture with a very special guest: Emmy award-winning journalist Rebecca Aguilar.  The former Fox-KDFW reporter has gone on to become a freelance reporter, blogger, consultant and public speaker.  She shared her 30 years of broadcast experience with over 70 students (from both UTA and SMU) in UTA’s Fine Arts building.   Aguilar offered advice on the best sites to use for social media, the importance in networking and getting mentors, and having passion and purpose.  Visit SPJ-UTA’s website: “SPJ University of Texas at Arlington Chapter” on Facebook and Rebecca Aguilar’ website:

By:  Christine Nicholson

UTA Alumna/Hollywood Actress: Raquel Bell

Raquel Bell drove straight to Hollywood after receiving her communications degree with a minor in theater arts from UTA. Bell can be seen on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless”, “The Ghost Whisperer”, “The Eleventh Hour”, “CSI: Miami”, ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” and the Dreamworks/Paramount movie “I Love You, Man”.  In between auditions, TV and movie roles, she also plays the role of wife and mother at home and attributes her success to God and her family.  She is an example of just how far UTA Mavericks can go if we put our minds to it. Catch Raquel Bell on the big screen later this year in the Paramount film “A Thousand Words” starring Eddie Murphy.

By:  Christine Nicholson

CBS11’s Joel Thomas Lectures

Broadcast students had the opportunity to learn about the art of broadcasting from a local broadcast professional. CBS11-KTVT/KTXA News Reporter Joel Thomas has spent over 15 years perfecting his craft. His reports across the nation have garnered him several awards including an Emmy. Recently Joel agreed to bring his writing knowledge to UTA for students in Lance Liguez’s broadcasting class.   Thomas covered tips on writing for news, etiquette with news sources, demo reels, job hunting and how to create a story in a concise, accurate way.  His lecture made a lasting impression on future journalists. Watch Joel Thomas weekdays on CBS11 News or visit

By: Christine Nicholson

Entertainment News 3.26.12

GALLAGHER DONE: Less than two weeks after suffering a heart attack at a Dallas-area bar, comedian Gallagher says he’s ending his 32-year comedy club career. Best known for smashing watermelons, he now wants to improve his health and have  time to work on bigger projects. The 65-year old was released Thursday from a Texas hospital after waking from a 4-day medically induced coma.  His manager says he’s surrounded by family and is already back to his old antics.

HOUSTON’S C.O.D.:The toxicology report determining Whitney Houston’s death was released on Thursday. According to the L.A. County Coroner, Houston died accidentally from drowning and the effects of heart disease and cocaine use. Cocaine, marijuana, Xanax, metabolites and other substances were found in her system. The Houston family released a statement saying their are saddened but glad to have closure.

HUNGER GAMES MANIA: “The Hunger Games” rules the box office bringing in a record 68.3 million dollars on its opening day making it the fifth biggest opening ever. With many shows sold-out early last week, Fandango reports it beat out the presale ticket sales for the first “Twilight” film.  Jennifer Lawrence stars in the post-modern sci-fi adventure about teens forced to perform in a televised death match. The LionsGate film is based on Suzanne Collins’ book & is rated PG-13.

By:  Christine Nichoslon


Olympian UTA Alumnus Jared Connaughton

Since 1984, six alumni from UTA’s Track & Field teams have gone on to compete in the Olympics. The most recent is Jared Connaughton. Before becoming a record-breaking championship sprinter at UTA and competing in the 2008 Olympics, Connaughton was running on homemade tracks in Canada’s smallest province. Today, he trains for international competitions with other world class athletes right here at UTA’s Maverick Stadium. He credits his long-time coach, his team & his wife Tamesha for staying humble about his Olympic fame. This year Connaughton says he’s focused on becoming a 2x Olympian as he trains to compete in the Canadian Olympic trials in June.

By: Christine Nicholson

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien at TX Hall

Hundreds gathered at TX Hall to hear Soledad O’Brien’s lecture, “Diversity in America” on Friday night as part of the Maverick Speaker Series. The CNN Anchor and Special Correspondent focused on how embracing diversity can help us understand each another. As a bi-racial journalist who’s covered global news and disasters for over 20 years, O’Brien says she appreciates all perspectives. The Harvard graduate’s books and award-winning documentaries on race, identity, humanitarianism and change support her message. You can catch her morning show “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien” weekdays 6am-8am cst on our affiliate station CNN.

By: Christine Nicholson

Remembering Vandergriff

On December 30th of  2010, the city of Arlington lost an icon:  Tom Vandergriff. At a courthouse where he served as county judge for 16 years and in a city where he was mayor for more than 25, mourners gathered last January for the viewing of the man many called “Mr. Arlington.”  Vandergriff’s Memorial at Texas Hall, honored his pivotal role in moving UTA from a 2-year college to a 4-year research institution.  UTA’s most recent honor is “Vandergriff Hall”, a residence hall in the new College Park District. He is remembered for contributing to the broad expansion of Arlington and DFW.  He died at age 84 but many would say his legacy will live on.

By: Christine Nicholson

NBC5 Anchor Marc Fein Profile

UTA students had the opportunity to hear keynote speaker Marc Fein’s Communication Day lecture. With a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism & theater from the University of Miami, Marc recently moved back to DFW with his family to become NBC5’s newest anchor. What makes Marc special is his extensive broadcasting background in sports.  Turner Sports, CNN and Fox4 are among his past sports employers. Marc also allowed an inside look at his typical day at NBC5.  His co-anchors Meredith Land and Jane McGarry both say he’s a good fit. You can watch Marc Fein weekdays on NBC5/KXAS at 5pm & 6pm or visit for more information.

By: Christine Nicholson