"My dream was to become a TV director. Without my Seton Hall liberal arts education — and its highly regarded communication curriculum in television production — I doubt I would have achieved all the wonderful awards, enjoyed the many career and travel opportunities I had or worked with such talented colleagues at NBC News."
Joe Michaels '73
Joe Michaels '73 has put his Seton Hall communications degree to good use. For more than 39 years, he has worked for NBC, starting as a page, tour guide and usher for shows being filmed in the company’s New York studios. He broke into broadcasting in 1974 when he became an associate director of the NBC Radio Network. Assigned to news and information services, he managed a 24-hour news feed and traveled for the network as the director of live sports.
In 1976, Joe moved from behind the microphone to behind the camera. He began working in master control and then as an associate director on NBC Nightly News, Donahue, Saturday Night Live and several game shows produced by the network.
In 1978, Joe began a 10-year run working as an associate director, and ultimately, director for NBC Sports, covering baseball, football and many other sports. Among his assignments were eight World Series and five Super Bowls. By 1988, Joe was covering sports on the world’s largest stage as the associate director at the Summer Olympics in Korea.
He was offered the opportunity in 1989 to "get off the road" and work full-time for NBC News. In 1993, Joe took on the role of director of the Today Show, where he served for nearly 20 years before being named senior director for the network.
In addition to his work on the Today Show, Joe has directed segments for Seinfeld, Donahue, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and 30 Rock, as well as various music and commercial projects.
Joe's accomplishments have earned him membership in several professional societies, including the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the American Society of Media Photographers as well as 10 Emmy Award nominations, six Emmy Award wins, and several Directors Guild Awards. In recognition of his professional achievements, Seton Hall presented Joe with its 2013 Many Are One Most Distinguished Alumnus award.
Joe believes his preparation at Seton Hall was a major contributor to his career success: "My dream was to become a TV director. Without my Seton Hall liberal arts education — and its highly regarded communication curriculum in television production — I doubt I would have achieved all the wonderful awards, enjoyed the many career and travel opportunities I had or worked with such talented colleagues at NBC News."