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Teacher Q&A: Harry G. Fuller

 Posted: 2:00 AM July 10, 2012

Harry G. Fuller was a trailblazing TV news director and executive in San Francisco before he and his wife, Kate, moved to Ashland five years ago. In Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's Ashland classrooms, he has taught courses on media, blogging, birding, the history of London and Paris in the '20s.

Favorite aspect about Ashland: Uncrowded, relaxed pace, good birding, four seasons.

Why do people care about media? We are all media consumers. At times the information we get, or don't get, really matters.

If You Go

Veteran news reporter, producer and executive Harry G. Fuller will present a free public forum titled "American Media in the Digital Age: Seismic Shifts and Implications," on how the Internet is changing newspapers, TV and radio, from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 11, at the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center's Presentation Hall, 101 S. Bartlett St., Medford. For more information, contact 541-552-6048 or visit

What's still on your to-do list? Keep moving; boredom is a slow death I hope I can avoid.

What's next? In a few months I hope to see publication of "Freeway Birding: San Francisco to Seattle." You can read more at

And if we wanted to learn more about you? I post Oregon and Northern California bird updates at; lead birding field trips for Partnership for International Birding and post about the tours at; and post occasional political screeds at

Give us a few career highlights: I was a TV news director in San Francisco for eight years, first at KGO (ABC), then at KPIX (CBS). In 1986, as new director I hired and aired reports from a reporter, Paul Wynne, who was dying of AIDS and who explained what his life was like in those days when there was no treatment. His reports were carried around the world. My KGO news department won a Peabody Award for coverage of the 1989 San Francisco Earthquake. I became general manager and vice president of KPIX and in 1995 started one of the first TV websites in the world. In 1998, I became news director of TechTV, an internet/satellite channel that covered the Internet and technology. We did some of the first audio and video streaming ever done. From 2001 to 2005, I was assignment manager for CNBC Europe, based in London but covering all the financial markets of western Europe. I also worked for two years at CNET, an Internet site covering technology and based in San Francisco. I retired from media in 2007. A summary of my career can be seen at

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