In recognition of his
professional achievements, Seton Hall
is proud to present Joe Michaels
'73 with its Most Distinguished Alumnus award.
Michaels has been with NBC for more than 39 years - starting as an NBC page, as a tour guide and usher for many NBC shows in New York.
His first "real" entry into broadcasting came in 1974 when he became an associate director for the NBC Radio Network.
While at the radio network Michaels was assigned to the news and information services, which was a 24-hour news feed.
also traveled for the network as the director of live sports.
In 1976 Michaels
was made an associate director at the NBC
Television Network and started work in master control.
Within a year he was an associate director on "NBC Nightly News," "Donahue," "Saturday Night Live," and many game shows produced at NBC.
In 1978 Michaels was then assigned to NBC Sports and started a 10-year run working as an associate director and director for NBC baseball, football and many other sports.
Mainly concentrating on baseball, he
worked on eight World Series as well as five Super Bowl games.
In 1988 Michaels was the associate director at the Summer Olympics in Korea and at the World Series.
In 1989 Michaels
was given the opportunity to "get off the road" and work full time at NBC
After a few years in news there was an opening on the "Today Show," and in 1993 he
started directing the show.
On the "Today Show," he
has directed all types of TV from hard news to Broadway and other music performances, and he
has traveled around the world a few times over.
has also directed segments for "Seinfeld," "Donahue," "3rd Rock from the Sun," and "30 Rock," as well as various music and commercial projects.
has been nominated for 10 Emmy awards and has won six.
has also won several Director Guild Awards.
He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the American Society of Media Photographers.