International Director of Programme: Media, Film and Journalism
CEO D’image Studios
Former Hansen Endowed Chair in Journalism and Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence
The University of Northern Colorado, USA
Gary E. Swanson is currently CEO of D’image Studios and the former Hansen Endowed Chair in Journalism and Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at the University of Northern Colorado, USA. From 2005-2007 Professor Swanson was a Fulbright scholar to China and lectured at Tsinghua University and the Communication University of China. In summer 2008 he was Commentator for China Central Television International (CCTV-9) and their live coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games. Swanson repeated his assignment covering the London Olympics for CCTV-4 in the summer of 2012. Previously, he was professor and director of television for nine years at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where he taught mostly graduate broadcast students. He has been an educator for 26 years; 20 years spent teaching at university level.
Swanson is an internationally recognised and highly acclaimed documentary producer, director, editor, photojournalist, consultant and educator. He has given keynote speeches, presented workshops and lectured at embassies, conferences, festivals, and universities throughout China, South Africa, India, Papua New Guinea, Japan, The Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Greece, Germany, Jordan, Spain, Portugal, Peru, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Swanson has compiled a distinguished professional broadcast career spanning 13 years: From 1978 to 1991, Swanson worked for the National Broadcasting Company where he was honoured with national EMMY’s for producing and editing: “The Silent Shame”, a prime-time investigative documentary; “Military Medicine”, a two-part investigative series on NBC News; and “Hotel Crime”, an investigative news magazine piece. Swanson was an editor for breaking news and features for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, the Today Show, Sunrise, Sunday Today, NBC Overnight, A Closer Look, Monitor, and other prime time news magazines. Swanson covered breaking news in 26 states and Canada for the network including trips and campaigns of presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Bill Clinton. Swanson was the Fulbright distinguished lecturer and consultant in television news to the government of Portugal in 1989. In 1992, he covered the XXV Olympics in Barcelona, Spain for NBC News as field producer and cameraman.
Swanson has earned more than 75 awards for broadcast excellence and photojournalism including three national EMMY’s, the duPont Columbia Award, two CINE ‘Golden Eagles,’ 16 TELLY’s, the Monte Carlo International Award, the Hamburg International Media Festival’s Globe Award, the Videographer Award, The Communicator Award, the Ohio State Award, the CINDY Award, the 2011 Communitas Outstanding Professor and Educator award, the 2013 Professor of the Year award, and many others. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana with a Bachelor’s degree in Education in 1974, and a Master’s degree in Journalism in 1993.
Associated IAB Members:
Mr Marcus Chidgey (Captive Minds, UK)
Professor Richard Roth (Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, USA)
Dr. James Rowlins (Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore)
The IAFOR Asian Conference on Media and Mass Communication (2010 onwards)
The IAFOR European Conference on Media and Mass Communication (2014 onwards)
The IAFOR Asian Conference on Film and Documentary (2012 onwards)
The IAFOR Asian Conference on Film and Documentary (2014 onwards)
The IAFOR North American Conference on Media, Film and Cultural Studies (2014 onwards)
The IAFOR Journal of Media, Communication and Film
Editor: Dr. James Rowlins (Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore)