Jon T. Fischer
Founder and Principal
TV News Guy, Proud Dad, Instructor, Tech & New Media Geek.
Jon T. Fischer is a multi-award-winning journalist and executive and one of the nation's foremost electronic newsgathering authorities. Jon has been called upon to develop news departments around the country. He has experience in all facets of television, having worked his way up from desk assistant to News Director running several newsrooms. He is a high-tech innovator who combines decades of operational, engineering, editorial, and production experience. He is recognized for his unique ability to leverage technical resources and develop solutions that meet editorial needs. Jon is an empowering leader committed to training, mentoring, and coaching people to achieve high standards. He is experienced in all facets of news operations from ENG/SNG/IPNG and studio/control room production to the editorial direction and program production and development.
As the technical manager for ABC News’s Western region, Jon was responsible for technical resources at the Los Angeles, Denver, and San Francisco bureaus. He oversaw the construction and day-to-day technical operations for the network's coverage of the O.J. Simpson, and Oklahoma Bomber Trials, the 1996 Republican National Convention in Chicago and the landing of the Mars Pathfinder Mission at JPL. He was dispatched to major news events around the world to set up technical and editorial facilities for breaking news events.
Jon co-founded, his own consulting agency where he advised all of the Clear Channel Television stations, designing and developing news departments across the country. In 1991, he was recruited to oversee the development of a state-of-the-art news facility at KCOP-TV, in Los Angeles and again in 2000 for FOX 29, WFTC in Minneapolis.
Jon has served as a board member of the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California and was a board member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Upper Midwest Chapter. He has been honored for excellence by NATAS, ATAS, APTRA and the Los Angeles Press Club.
Jon is currently teaching Media Law and Ethics, TV Reporting and Production at UCLA Extension. He also created and taught the Electronic News Gathering Workshop at UCLA Extension and has been a guest speaker to journalism classes at USC, UCLA, BYU and College Of The Desert.
"Jon Fischer was my News Director for our start-up operation, WFTC-TV/FOX 29 News in Minneapolis. I've worked at more than a dozen TV stations in my career, and Jon was by far the most creative and forward thinking boss I've ever had. He was also intelligent, funny and quick on his feet. He's also a rare News Director in that he makes you know he really cares about you not only as an employee but as a person. When you work for Jon, you're not an underling...you become part of his family. I would gladly work for him again, or send friends of mine his way. Any station would be fortunate to have him!"
Karl Howg (Spring)