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"For as long as I can remember, being in television is what I wanted to do," Catherine Hunter said. "When I began searching for a college, Hofstra just seemed to have it all. The facilities were fabulous, and I knew that as a freshman I could be working with the equipment in the studios. At other places, you had to wait until your junior year. I thought that was absurd."
As a junior, Catherine was among students taking turns producing and directing FYI, a then new weekly magazine show, and as a senior she directed a live music show, Live From Studio A, starring the group Kerosene Hye. She was especially enthused about being so near New York City, "one of the meccas for the television world, and I could take a train and be there in 25 minutes." That close proximity enabled her, in senior year, to intern two days a week at Maury Povich’s syndicated show.
Catherine, the associate director on ESPN's signature show SportsCenter since 2004, noted, "I have two Emmys for SportsCenter, I'm proud to say."
She tries to return periodically to Hofstra "to speak to a class about working in television and to observe some of my old classes." Professors like Randy Hillebrand and Peter Gershon "helped mold me into what I am today," she pointed out.