With more than 17 years in television news, Kate Dawson has worked as a field producer, line producer, and writer for some of the top news organizations in the country.
Her career started in Austin as an editor and associate producer at KVUE-24 and then as a producer at KEYE 42. While earning her BS in broadcast journalism at Boston University, Dawson worked as a freelance political field producer for WLVI in Boston and was instrumental in their coverage of the 1996 New Hampshire presidential primaries.
She spent six months in London during her final semester at BU as a reporter for the United Press International wire service.
After graduation, Dawson was hired as a writer and field producer for CBS's flag ship station, WCBS in New York; she freelanced there for more than five years. Dawson also spent two years as a freelance producer/off-air reporter for ABC Network News Radio and four years as a freelance show producer for Fox News Channel in New York, producing several of the networks' top-ranked shows. She headed Fox News Channel's San Francisco bureau for two years as their staff field producer, traveling all over the country for national news stories.
Dawson holds a MS degree in journalism from Columbia University and was on the faculty at Fordham University's journalism school in New York for two years where she was the faculty advisor for one of the student newspapers.
Dawson's foray into documentaries began in the spring of 2000 with her first film "La Candelaria." Since then, her credits include: co-director/co-producer of "Goldrush.com" (aired on ABC's Nightline), "Breaking the Barrier" (screened at more than 10 film festivals world-wide), and "Grass Ceiling," (released theatrically for a short run at New York's Two Boots theater).
She owns Dawson Films, a full service production company that produces and edits both documentaries and narrative features. Her latest documentary, The Long Haul, premieres at the 2008 San Francisco Documentary Film Festival.
Dawson is also a certified instructor in Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack and Motion (film editing programs). She teaches at the Austin School of Film; she is also on the faculty of the Mobile Film School as their lead editor. The Mobile Film School is a non-profit organization that teaches high school students in rural and disadvantaged areas about filmmaking.
Dawson has been an adjunct lecturer at UT in the broadcast journalism department for almost three years; she is the faculty advisor for the new ABC News on Campus, a digital news bureau for college students.
Dawson is also on the Board of Directors for the Texas Center for Actual Innocence, a non-profit organization that investigates claims of wrongful convictions in the state of Texas.
J322D Broadcast News Writing Radio Reporting
J372D Television Producing