School of Media and Communication alum and CBS News Executive Editor Steve Capus met with students on October 9, the same day he was inducted into the University’s Gallery of Success. Capus joins the seven other members of the gallery from the SMC including Bernie Prazenica, Barry Jacobs, and Gerhart Klein.
Steve Capus began his career in radio, at WCAU Philadelphia, and also worked with KYW-TV. Throughout his career, he served as President of NBC News for eight years, in which NBC saw a growth in ratings. He spent four of those years also acting as Executive Producer of “NBC Nightly News.” Capus now works as Executive Editor of CBS News and Executive Producer of CBS Evening News with Scott Pelly, which has won two Emmys and five Edward R. Murrow Awards under his direction.
He is also a member of the Board of Visitors for the School of Media and Communication.
During his visit, Mr. Capus sat down with a small group of select students as well as professors of the school during a luncheon.
Phil Dupont, a senior Media Studies and Production student and anchor for Temple Update, thought the luncheon and time to speak with Mr. Capus, would be beneficial for anyone.
“He stressed being able to take and act upon constructive criticism in a positive way. One major thing I took away [from the meeting] was his description of the love for the job of doing the news,” said Dupont. “He told us the pay at the majority of the jobs we would work won’t be very good, but we would soon hold a responsibility to our viewers to do good journalism.”
Taggart Houck, a junior Media Studies and Production major, also attended the meeting, and said he appreciated the short time spent with Capus. “He told us that you have to be willing to do anything presented to you. He also gave us some great advice on networking, internships, and getting your foot in the door.”