Known across Southern California as the popular sports anchor for KABC-TV’s Eyewitness News Team, Rob Fukuzaki returns to his alma mater on:
Friday, Oct. 28, to serve as keynote speaker for the University of La Verne’s 20th annual Communications Day.
Hosted by the university’s Communications Department, this free event is open to high school and community college students from throughout the region, providing attendees an up-close look at the mass media field. It includes a series of workshop seminars in news writing, photography, graphic design and radio and television production. Each session is conducted by La Verne faculty as well as alumni who are working professionals.
An estimated 275 students from 62 high schools are expected to take part in this year’s activities. Due to limited space reservations are required and can be made by calling the Communications Department at (909) 392-2712.
Highlighting the day’s schedule will be the keynote address by Fukuzaki, who has more than 20 years of professional broadcast experience. The first Japanese-American broadcaster in Los Angeles local news, he has received numerous awards during his time at KABC. While attending La Verne, he was chosen Student Broadcaster of the Year from 1986-1988.
“Robert Fukuzaki is a marquee alumnus, a great example of the type of students we train for head-turning careers. Rob is a leading television sports anchor in Southern California who publicly credits La Verne for setting the foundation for his career,” Communications Department Chair George Keeler said.
This marks Fukuzaki’s second time serving as keynote speaker for Communications Day. Past speakers also include highly respected broadcast journalists Phillip Palmer, Marc Brown, Gayle Anderson and Stan Chambers.
“Students learn from alumni, media celebrities and La Verne professors and take away new skills and fresh inspiration. They also learn the University of La Verne is a premiere first-choice school. We are proud of what we have to offer and are happy to make a difference in the high school arena for the communications leaders of tomorrow,” Keeler said.
Additional information on Communications Day and the University of La Verne Communications Department is available by calling (909) 593-3511-ext. 4291.