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Nathan Gibbs

General Manager

Nathan Gibbs is the general manager of KACU. He is also the director of operations for the school's television production studio, as well as an assistant professor in the journalism and mass communication department of Abilene Christian University.

Prior to joining ACU, Gibbs worked for nine years at KPBS in San Diego, California. His project management credits include mobile apps, branding and digital strategy, workflow standards for daily audio and video content, and custom web apps for feature news stories. He was responsible for live streaming and on-demand media for kpbs.org, which saw a tenfold increase in unique monthly visitors during his time with the station.

As an adjunct instructor for Point Loma Nazarene University, Gibbs designed and taught a course in multimedia journalism in 2010. He also taught video production at Platt College, and led photography trainings for the staff of the Fronteras Desk and students in the California Chicano News Media Association.

Gibbs started at KPBS as a radio technical director in 2004 where he produced a number of public affairs segments focused on Latino issues. He also produced local episodes of StoryCorps, an independent radio documentary, original multimedia features, photography and video elements for live musical performances. As a web producer during the 2007 wildfires in Southern California, Gibbs played a key role in the successful use of social media that led to the station's Mark Twain Award for "Best Use of Web for Breaking News." He also received First Place and Best of Show awards for "Integration of Media" from the San Diego Press Club for his work on web elements for the television documentary series Envision San Diego.

In 2004, he completed an M.F.A. in electronic arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. As an independent artist, his work has been exhibited in Tijuana, San Diego, Pittsburgh, New York City, Belgium, China, New Zealand and Spain. While at RPI, Gibbs produced and hosted a bilingual radio program for WRPI featuring Latin-Alternative music. He also taught lab sections of a hybrid course designed for engineering students but taught by art professors called Creativity and Information Technology. Between semesters, he taught digital media courses for at-risk youth and summer tech programs.

In 2000, he completed a B.S. in electronic media from Abilene Christian University, where he earned college awards for photojournalism, video production and music composition. Gibbs began his career in public media as a radio announcer in 1998 for KACU in Abilene, Texas.

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