» Peter M. Weitzner
Associate Professor, Artistic Faculty

Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Peter M. Weitzner
Office Location:
Marion Knott Studios 273B
Phone:
(714) 628-7259
Email:
Education
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Bachelor of Arts
Northwestern University, Master of Science in Journalism
Video Profile
Biography
Bored with life as a CPA, Pete Weitzner decided to follow his dream—to be a sportscaster—and went back to school to earn a master's degree in broadcast journalism from the respected Medill School of Journalism. He worked his way up through reporting jobs "in the hinterlands" to a position as a business/political reporter at OCN, Orange County's 24-hour news channel, and then as a business reporter for UPN/LA. Currently, he is the business anchor for KOCE's Real Orange, and a business analyst for KTTV-Fox11, both of which air throughout Southern California.  And what about sportscasting? "You learn to play to your strengths," says Weitzner.

At Chapman, Weitzner has his students producing, reporting, and hosting news and sports shows cablecast to 600,000 homes.

Weitzner implores his students to be "100 percent committed, because this business is not just a job, it's all-encompassing," with constant deadlines, and the reality that young reporters "may start at $7 an hour in Idaho." So is it/was it worth it? Says Weitzner, "At 23 you can interview the president. But it's definitely a career for doers, and here at Chapman they learn quickly if TV news is what they want to do."

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Journalism Career Guide, 2nd Edition - Institute for Humane Studies My Chapter: Breaking into the TV-news business By Pete Weitzner P 93
Producer/Host 2013 - For the thirteenth consecutive year I produce and host "The Chapman Business Report" a weekly analysis show featuring commentary and original field reporting (often from my current and alum TBJ students) and focused on the regional and national economy. The newly re-branded "Chapman Business Report" is produced in HD and broadcast on PBS SoCal into the LA#2 market several times/week, including Sunday at 11am. I produce the "Chapman Business Report" in its entirety with one of my star alums, Jeff Cole, Class of 2001, and current Dodge TBJ students. Chapman Business Report was just recognized by the natioanl org. Alliance for Community Media as "Best Informational Talk Show."
Station Manager 2013 - CH 3,6 City of Orange: At the behest of the University President, COO and the Dean of Dodge, I perform the formidable task of GM of the local/PEG channel station operations from Time Warner Cable of Ch3,6 for the City of Orange. That includes producing the weekly city council and planning commission meetings on CH 3 (the city's government channel), building and programming CH 6 (the city's local-production channel) and producing 10-12 events for the City including the Mayor's State of the City, Miss City of Orange, Concerts in the Park, etc. As of Jan 1, 2011, working with TV-studio engineer David Goedhart, we have executed a seamless transition. We now have and program our own TV station! By all accounts the Chapman/Orange "public-private" partnership is a smashing success. Witness: the signal is improved to the 30,000 viewers (and will be expanding as we add new service providers like AT&T); all council and planning commission meetings have been produced and broadcast without incident; the shows we have produced for the city have been beyond their expectations and we run and program Ch 6 to the satisfaction and appreciation of some 40-50 outside producers and all of the viewers in the City of Orange. Some quick notes on this project: 1) Council meetings, producing outside events, all this work, under my direction, is produced by current Chapman TV students--an important and neat addition to our TV extra-curricular offerings, not to mention invaluable paid opportunities 2) We now have our own TV channel. As an example, we go live over Ch 6 every Friday at noon with our weekly Chapman newscast, into some 30,000 homes. How many other TV programs can make that boast? 3) Perhaps most significantly, we have engendered large amounts of goodwill
Business Editor/Anchor 2013 - "Real Orange" For the tenth consecutive year I produce and anchor (and reported) the business news for PBS SoCal's "Real Orange" the only daily television-newscast covering Orange County (and Los Angeles, as PBS SoCal is now a must-carry into the LA #2 DMA).
Business Editor/Anchor 2011 - "Real Orange" For the eighth consecutive year I produce and anchor (and reported) the business news for PBS SoCal's "Real Orange" the only daily television-newscast covering Orange County (and Los Angeles, as PBS SoCal is now a must-carry into the LA #2 DMA) I produce the "Chapman Business Report" in its entirety with one of my star alums, Jeff Cole, Class of 2001, and current Dodge TBJ students.
Producer/Host 2011 - For the eleventh consecutive year I produce and host "The Chapman Business Report" a weekly analysis show featuring commentary and original field reporting (often from my current and alum TBJ students) and focused on the regional and national economy. The newly re-branded "Chapman Business Report" is produced in HD and broadcast on PBS SoCal into the LA#2 market several times/week, including Sunday at 11am. I produce the "Chapman Business Report" in its entirety with one of my star alums, Jeff Cole, Class of 2001, and current Dodge TBJ students.
Station Manager 2011 - CH 3,6 City of Orange: At the behest of the University President, COO and the Dean of Dodge, I took on the formidable task of taking over local/PEG channel station operations from Time Warner Cable of Ch3,6 for the City of Orange. That includes producing the weekly city council and planning commission meetings on CH 3 (the city's government channel), building and programming CH 6 (the city's local-production channel) and producing 10-12 events for the City including the Mayor's State of the City, Miss City of Orange, Concerts in the Park, etc. As of Jan 1, 2011, working with TV-studio engineer David Goedhart, we have executed a seamless transition. We now have and program our own TV station! By all accounts the Chapman/Orange "public-private" partnership is a smashing success. Witness: the signal is improved to the 30,000 viewers (and will be expanding as we add new service providers like AT&T); all council and planning commission meetings have been produced and broadcast without incident; the shows we have produced for the city have been beyond their expectations and we run and program Ch 6 to the satisfaction and appreciation of some 40-50 outside producers and all of the viewers in the City of Orange. Some quick notes on this project: 1) Council meetings, producing outside events, all this work, under my direction, is produced by current Chapman TV students--an important and neat addition to our TV extra-curricular offerings, not to mention invaluable paid opportunities 2) We now have our own TV channel. As an example, we go live over Ch 6 every Friday at noon with our weekly Chapman newscast, into some 30,000 homes. How many other TV programs can make that boast? 3) Perhaps most significantly, we have engendered large amounts of goodwill
Producer/Host 2010 - For the eleventh consecutive year I produced and hosted "The Chapman Report" a weekly analysis show featuring commentary and original field reporting (often from my current and alum TBJ students) and focused on the regional and national economy. The newly re-branded "Chapman Business Report" is produced in HD and broadcast on PBS SoCal into the LA#2 market several times/week, including Sunday at 11am.
Business Editor/Anchor 2010 - "Real Orange" For the eighth consecutive year I produced and anchored (and reported) the business news for PBS SoCal's "Real Orange" the only daily television-newscast covering Orange County (and Los Angeles, as PBS SoCal is now a must-carry into the LA #2 DMA)