C.A. Tuggle

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C.A. Tuggle

Primary function: News Director
Office: Carroll 327
E-mail: catuggle@unc.edu
Hometown: Ft. Meade, FL

Bio: C.A. Tuggle — Dr. T to his students — enjoyed a 16-year career in local television news and media relations before returning to academia to educate and train a new wave of broadcast journalists. He spent 11 years at WFLA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Tampa/St. Petersburg, the nation’s 13th largest media market. He has held many newsroom titles, but he spent most of his career as a sports reporter/producer.

He oversees the school’s broadcast and electronic journalism specialization and is director of the M.A. Program.

His forte as a teacher is developing storytellers — journalists who can use the language and all the tools available to them to turn out memorable broadcast reports. Broadcast and electronic journalism students broadcast one live installment of the TV news program Carolina Week, one live episode of the radio newscast Carolina Connection and one live installment of the sports highlights, analysis and commentary show SportsXtra per week, and have won more than 600 regional and national awards since 2001. Those include best radio newscast, best TV newscast, best website, best sports program and best news team, all national awards. The broadcast specialization has finished in the top three in Hearst national competition each of the past ten years, and boasts three SPJ national reporting champions in a row.

Tuggle is the recipient of an Edward Kidder Graham superlative faculty award, the David Brinkley Teaching Excellence Award and the Ed Bliss Award, which is a national honor for broadcast journalism educators who have made significant and lasting contributions to the field throughout their careers. He travels internationally as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in broadcast journalism. He is the lead author of the most widely used broadcast news writing text in the U.S. The book is now in its fifth edition. He is also the executive producer of the documentary “Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity.” The film is available in four languages and has won an international Indie Award of Excellence.