Ed Beebout joined the Communication Studies Department as assistant professor in the fall of 2007. But he’s no stranger to the SSU campus, having previously spent several years as a part-time lecturer here, including more than three years as adviser to the student-produced campus newspaper, The Star.
Ed is also a familiar face in the north bay community, having worked for 20 years as a reporter and main evening news anchor for KFTY-TV. He began his broadcasting career at WOI-TV while attending graduate school at Iowa State University. Ed’s work has been honored over the years by both community and professional organizations, including the California-Nevada Associated Press and the Peninsula Press Club.
Ed’s courses include Principles of Mass Communication, Broadcast Journalism, Advanced Presentation and SSU-TV, where students produce and manage content for the campus cable channel.
“Teaching students about possible careers as media professionals, especially in this age of corporate domination and the Internet, can be challenging, to say the least. But after a quarter-century out in the trenches, I’m excited to help prepare the next generation to go out there and ‘fight the good fight,’” he said.
Ed believes preparing students for life after graduation involves much more than just “how to.”
“As we send our students to work in the news media and other communication-related fields, it’s important to not only give them the basic skills they will need, but to also help them develop a heightened sense of responsibility and strong ethical compass as communicators,” he said.
Ed is also co-owner of his own video production company, Beebout Hua Productions. In his off-time, he and his wife Cynthia keep very busy with a large and active family.