Tony Potts Hollywood, CA
For the past 20 years Tony Potts has earned his keep as a broadcast journalist. Along the way, he's won an Emmy Award for feature reporting, two Associated Press Awards and one Society of Professional Journalists Award.
Tony's newsbeat runs the gamut — he's done the red carpet deal at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Emmys. He's covered the Sundance, Venice and Cannes Film Festivals. He's performed the play-by-play for the Super Bowl, World Series and the NBA Finals. He's also a regular contributor to NBC's Today show.
Though Tony's Hollywood life seems far removed from his beginnings at HSU, he remembers his time here fondly. "The thing I remember best about Humboldt State is the professors. Their doors were always open: that's one of the reasons I went to Humboldt. I'd been looking at the University of Washington, but there were something like 45,000 kids there. Classes with 300 other kids? How do you connect with your professors in that kind of environment?"
The learning curve, Tony admits, was steep. "My journalism professors were very good. They were tough…and it was exactly what I needed. I remember my first paper came back and it looked like Jason from Friday the 13th had stabbed it to death, there were so many red marks on it. I thought, 'Oh lord, I need to go into some other field because I suck as a writer.' But through my professors' guidance and their understanding of how a writer needs to evolve, I learned to get to the core of me — to really express what I was thinking."