Originally from California, David Harris has spent the last 20 years in various cities in Utah. At the end of his teenage years, he lived in New Zealand and truly enjoyed the culture and people there. He hopes to one day return with his family and explore the many beautiful sites.
In 2009, David started his career in academia as an adjunct instructor for the Department of Communication at Dixie State College of Utah. The course he taught was Introduction to Television Production. Student evaluations were very favorable. Here are two examples of such evaluations:
“David has a gift for taking a relatively dry subject matter and keeping the class engaged. There is a lot of memorization and it is all fairly technical, but Dave has a wonderful way of expressing himself and using his vast life experience to paint a picture of the subject matter. He is tough, but fair, and it is amazing that this is only his first time teaching. He really has a gift. I only wish he taught more classes. Make him a full time faculty member!!”
“He was helpful and willing to do whatever was neceassary for the students understanding of a topic. I really enjoyed taking his class.”
After only one semester of adjunct instructing, David applied and was hired as a full-time instructor. Five years later, David was promoted to Assistant Professor and was granted tenure in 2016. Currently, David chairs the Media Studies Department at DSU. He was instrumental in the approval of a B.S. in Media Studies with emphases in Social Media, Multimedia Journalism, and Strategic Communication. He also oversaw the creation of Insight Communications, DSU’s student-run Strategic Communication Agency.
He continues to apply knowledge from both academia and professional spheres to teach students skills and information needed for successful careers. In addition, David has provided opportunities for students by using his contacts within the industry. David loves working in academia and plans to do so for the rest of his life.
David just finished a tenure at the Community Education Channel (CEC) as Executive Producer. Before his time at CEC, the channel struggled with low-quality programming, a poor relationship with Dixie State University, and financial troubles. David assembled a team that increased program quality and output, including the start of numerous new productions, bridged the gap between the Communication Department of DSU and CEC, and started a pay-per-view system that brought income for sports programs that were already being shot. One of the most exciting things David has been involved with while Executive Producer at CEC is hosting Southern Utah Chef, a program that highlights local chefs in the southwest part of the state. The show gives David the opportunity to be a little lighthearted and to have fun with his guests. The show is the highest rated show on SouthernUtahLive.com (all programming on the site during 2014 directly involved David’s talents).
The successes highlighted above are a far cry from where David started his career way back in 1993. He cut his teeth shooting Betacam SP (and laughs at the analog format now). He learned linear editing and worked on one of the first non-linear (digital) editing systems to provide broadcast quality video. During his time in the commercial field, he produced a variety of corporate/industrial productions, television commercials, documentaries, and training videos.
While living in Salt Lake City, David worked in the public sector producing video for Utah Transit Authority, a local transit company. He produced documentaries highlighting UTA’s efforts during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake. As part of his position, he also produced a variety of training videos. These productions were all written, directed, and edited by David. In one video, he also played a bus driver who presented the training elements.
After leaving Salt Lake City, David branched out into a career in live television news. As operations manager at a television station in St. George, Utah, David directed the nightly newscasts, shot and edited news stories, and trained all production personnel. David shot, and wrote scripts for, a variety of news stories including those involving Warren Jeffs, the notorious polygamous prophet, massive flooding in St. George and the surrounding area (on two separate occasions), and a variety of hard news stories (murders, fires, accidents, etc.).
From his experience working in the commercial world, the public world, and in journalism, David has amassed a wealth of knowledge. He put this knowledge to good use in 2007 when he started his own production company. He was a pioneer in the world of entrepreneurial journalism when he created Southern Utah Now (later shortened to SUN News), an online news service that was eventually adopted by the Communication Department at DSU. His company primarily worked with personal injury attorneys producing video segments to be played in settlement hearings and at trials. He also videotaped depositions for attorneys all over the western United States. Apart from working with attorneys, David continued to freelance for various productions. He continued to work as a stringer for news stations. He traveled around the United States working as a camera operator and engineer for sports broadcasts. He also directed a series of bull-riding television shows that aired on a national network. David continues to hone his skills in television production. Most recently, he directed broadcasts of 10 days of concerts for National Finals Rodeo fans in Las Vegas.
The video yearbook’s finished length was one hour, and David spearheaded the project, produced it, and handled all editing and duplicating tasks.
He worked with the local communities in four different cities helping children learn to play American sports, working with the elderly, and volunteering in schools.
He produces a variety of corporate and training videos, commercials, and documentaries.
The person who hired David stated that it was the best decision he made all year. David produces documentaries highlighting UTA’s efforts during the Olympics and a variety of training videos.
As Operations Manager, David was responsible for hiring and training the technical crew, directing newscasts, and shooting and editing news stories.
He produces documentaries for victims of personal injury, videotaped depositions, and freelances around the United States shooting a variety of programs for broadcast.
He teaches courses in television production, new media, and journalism.
He was instrumental in increasing quality and quantity of productions, improving relationships, and increasing revenue.