Regional Emmy winner to teach new TV field production course

December 18, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Amy Burkett, television station manager at WLVT-PBS39 and host of its popular news magazine show "Tempo InDepth," will teach a new television field production course at Penn State Lehigh Valley this spring. The course, which will be held at PBS 39's brand new studios at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem, is expected to be of particular interest to students pursuing the campus' new bachelor's degree in corporate communication.

"This is an exciting opportunity for our students since, historically, students interested in communications could not take this kind of class until they moved to University Park," said Nichola Gutgold, coordinator of the corporate communication degree program at Penn State Lehigh Valley. "Our excitement about the course is heightened by Amy's involvement. She is going to bring a lot to this course and give students a very personalized, hands-on experience."

Recently, Burkett paid a visit to the campus to meet with interested students and give them a preview of the course. One of the unique components of this class is the students will work as a team to create a 15-minute final project, which will be broadcast on PBS39. She also talked about her own career and what they might do to be successful in the television industry.

"I’m incredibly excited to work with the Penn State Lehigh Valley students. This is a great opportunity to share PBS39’s advanced production skills with the next generation," Burkett said. "Our professionals work hard to pass down our passion as well as our expertise with the community in a myriad ways beyond broadcasting."

Burkett joined the station in 1999 to create and host its weekly news magazine show "Tempo." During her tenure, she and her team have received 30 regional Emmy nominations, six Emmys, four national public television awards, six Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters' Awards and one regional Edward R. Murrow Award.

For more information, contact Allison Goodin at 610-285-5067 or email


  • Amy Burkett, left, recently met with corporate communication students and program coordinator Nichola Gutgold, far right, to discuss the new course.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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Last Updated December 20, 2012