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Bob Garcia-Buckalew

School of Journalism


Bob Garcia-Buckalew has been a reporter, news producer and news executive for a number of major –market television stations across the U.S. He also has produced and directed numerous documentary films.  During his years as a news producer for the NBC television network in New York City, Garcia-Buckalew covered national and international news events for The NBC Nightly News, The Today Show and Meet the Press. After many years as a producer-reporter, Garcia-Buckalew entered the graduate journalism program at UT where he earned an M.A. in 1993. He taught in UT’s Department of Radio-Television-Film and at St. Edward’s University School of Humanities before joining UT‘s School of Journalism as a lecturer with a focus on teaching multimedia reporting and production. During his time at UT, Garcia-Buckalew has developed several new multimedia journalism courses including the first-ever college-level Podcasting for Journalists course in 2008. In 2012, he developed the Digital Storytelling course in association with Professor Iris Chyi. He is a past-recipient of the UT College of Communication Teaching Excellence Award. Garcia-Buckalew co-authored a paper with UT Professor Stephen D. Reese, “The Militarism of Local Television: the Routine Framing of the Persian Gulf War”, published in Critical Studies in Mass Communication. The paper also has been included in the textbook Doing News Framing Analysis: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives, edited by D’Angelo and Kuypers. When not at UT, Garcia-Buckalew continues working in the field of multimedia journalism as a producer-director for video and web content for a variety of clients. Most recently he has produced a documentary series on the Constitution of the United States with former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, several documentaries on the need for civil court legal aid in collaboration with Bill Moyers and Dan Rather, and a series of multimedia physician-training modules for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Since 2006, Garcia-Buckalew has collaborated with the Univision Spanish-language television network in efforts to increase college enrollment among young Latinos through a series of satellite-delivered on-air “college enrollment telethons” and Spanish-language web videos, concepts which he originated. An aspiring classical musician, Garcia-Buckalew is employed as the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s pre-concert lecturer, presenting information about composers and their works prior to all ASO concerts. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Austin’s classical music radio station, KMFA.