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Jack Kapfer

JackKapferAssociate Professor

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As an alum of UW-Eau Claire, it was a challenge and thrill to return to my alma mater in 2003 and teach journalism to future news people. As a student I spent four years in various on-air and management positions at the university’s then all-student operated radio station, WUEC- FM. After receiving my B.A. in 1982, I continued to work for Eau Claire’s own WEAU-TV as a production assistant and news photographer. From there I moved to Milwaukee to work for Ch. 4 WTMJ-TV as a video tape editor and news producer. After six years,  I decided to fulfill a longtime dream of attending graduate school so I could teach at the university level. While at UW-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (M.A 1997), I worked for the university’s athletics department (seeing the football team win three Big Ten and Rose Bowl championships) as well as WISC-TV. At Ch. 3, I worked in the production department as a production assistant and master control operator and spent a year as the morning news show producer . 

Eventually, I split time between WISC and their sister production company, MEG Communications. There I worked on programs that have aired on The Discovery Channel and the National Geographic Channel. My first full-time teaching opportunity came at Muskingum College, a small liberal arts college in New Concord, Ohio. There I taught a variety of communications classes and served at the faculty advisor to the student radio station, WMCO-FM. Here at UW-Eau Claire, I am teaching or have taught Fundamentals of Speech, Audio and Video Production Process, Mass Media History, Mass Media Ethics, and the journalism Capstone course. The course that is most exciting is CJ 426, Advanced Broadcast TV News, A.K.A Update News. For this fall only class, students put together a weekly TV newscast that is seen live on cable public access television around the Chippewa Valley. The program has received awards from both the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and the Northwest Broadcast News Association.
In between classes, I fulfill my duties as an NFL owner and watch my Green Bay Packers compete for a Super Bowl berth (Packers Forever!!!). I also support the Badgers (Go Red!), do some woodworking, and serve as a pillow for my sleeping cat.