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Steve Kraycik

Director of Student Television and Online Operations, Journalism

Biography

Steve Kraycik joined Penn State in 2012 after crafting an impressive career as a news manager and producer with more than 27 years of experience in television news.

Kraycik spent a decade as a top-20 market news director at stations in Sacramento and Seattle. He's also served as assistant news director at KOMO-TV in Seattle and WFTS-TV in Tampa, as well as executive producer in Orlando. Before that, he spent more than 10 years as a news producer and writer at stations on the East Coast, including affiliates in New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Florida. He's a native of Allentown, Pa., and his first news experience was in his hometown at WFMZ-TV as the station's first producer.

In August 2012, Kraycik returned to Pennsylvania as director of student television and online operations at Penn State. In this role he teaches College of Communications students all aspects of TV news, and he supervises "Centre County Report," the student-produced newscast that airs in 29 Pennsylvania counties.

Among Kraycik's memorable experiences in TV news are field producing coverage of two Super Bowls and a presidential inauguration, and producing a governor's debate moderated by NBC's Tim Russert. Kraycik is passionate about television news and has spent years working with hundreds of anchors, reporters, producers and others to improve their craft and advance their careers.