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FAL-WIN 2018

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36 PIERCE FALL / WINTER 2018 Breen had always wanted to do something a little different for a career. Television appealed to him, but he was not initially interested in the news world he currently lives in. When he first came to Franklin Pierce, Breen was looking to graduate in just three years and move on to a career in ad sales. ere was just one problem. He completed an internship in that field and hated it. NO AVERAGE DAY So, it was back to the drawing board. Breen interned with the news operation at WMUR, located in Manchester, and everything clicked. As soon as I walked through the door, I thought, 'is is for me,'" said Breen. At the end of the internship, WMUR was so eager to get Breen on board, they initially proposed a start date which conflicted with graduation. Ultimately, Breen graduated from Franklin Pierce on a Sunday and started his first job at the ABC affiliate the very next day. He spent his first five years as a beat photographer, capturing footage of anything and everything. He worked nights and weekends and news and sports. In 1991, he was promoted to chief videographer, allowing him to settle into a more traditional Monday through Friday schedule. Since 2000, he has served as the director of news operations, marking 32 years of service at WMUR in May. When asked what his typical day at New Hampshire's news leader looks like, Breen replied with the standard saw of anyone in media: "ere is no average day, that's the beauty of television." WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, HOW WMUR's slogan is "No one covers New Hampshire like we do." e "what" of that coverage comes from the assignment desk and the news producers. Breen, however, is responsible for "how" the news team will cover the Granite State's more than 9,000 square miles of ground. Some days, that "how" can be daunting, and it's certainly not for the disorganized. "Logistics is my thing," said Breen. "Logistics is a huge part of my day." His role is to sort out where his photographers and reporters are going, with some teams on the road as much as four, five or six hours a day. How long will it take them to get there? Does it require an overnight stay? Will they be going live from the location? And, if so, how ? How is all the footage going to get edited and back to the studio in time for the newscast? Breen called the logistics of the newscast, "kind of a puzzle," which seems like a bit of an understatement. There is no average day, that's the beauty of television. — JIM BREEN '86

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