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CSU-Pueblo Mass Comm Department to Honor Commencement Speaker

Release Date: April 14, 2017

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo


Jeff Hillinger

Colorado State University-Pueblo Mass Comm Department to Honor Commencement Speaker

PUEBLO – The Department of Mass Communications and Center for New Media at Colorado State University-Pueblo has honored Jeff Hullinger, the 2017 CSU-Pueblo commencement speaker, with its Distinguished Alumni Award.

Hullinger is an Emmy-Award winning Atlanta broadcaster and 1980 graduate of CSU-Pueblo’s mass communications program. The department’s Distinguished Alumni Award has been awarded to just 45 alumni of the department out of more than 1,500 graduates of the program. The award is given in honor of individuals’ distinguished careers in mass communications from the local to national level, with small or large organizations.

This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipient was announced at the annual mass communications scholarship/awards banquet on April 13 at the Pueblo Country Club. A reception honoring Hullinger as the award recipient will be held at 4 p.m. on May 5, when Hullinger returns to Pueblo for the University’s commencement ceremony.

Hullinger currently co-anchors the 5, 6, 10 and 11 p.m. weeknight news on 11Alive WXIA-TV NBC in Atlanta, Georgia, and also anchors the weeknight sports segments. He is a 19-time Emmy winner, two-time Edward R. Murrow winner, and a past recipient of Georgia Sportscaster of the Year as voted by his peers with the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Hullinger has been inducted into the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Silver Circle for 2015. He also has earned multiple television AP awards including two-time honor for Best Play by Play in the state of Georgia while serving as the play by play radio voice of the Atlanta Falcons, as well as many "Best of Atlanta" awards. He also has moderated numerous Georgia gubernatorial and U.S. Senate debates and often served as Host of CNN's Talkback Live.

Hullinger said his mass communications degree from CSU-Pueblo has served him well, allowing him to achieve significant accomplishments in broadcasting.

“I am always proud of the University and our degree,” Hullinger said.

After earning a degree in mass communications from CSU-Pueblo, he began his career at KOAA TV Pueblo/Colorado Springs anchoring sports and later moved to Salt Lake City as the weekend anchor and reporter for KSL-TV. From there he joined KCNC-TV CBS4 in Denver as weekend sports anchor, reporter, and host of the Denver Broncos pregame show. He then served as weeknight Atlanta television sports anchor at WAGA-TV for 18 years. When the bomb went off at Centennial Olympic Park, Jeff anchored eight and a half hours of WAGA-TV's news coverage. Hullinger has broadcast television preseason Atlanta Falcons games in three decades (the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s) and hosted four Falcons head coaches’ television shows over the years. He was on the field at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, earlier this year to cover Super Bowl LI as the Falcons took on the New England Patriots. 

Hullinger also spent two years as one of ESPN-TV's front line college football play-by-play voices, including bowl games. His favorite experience was serving with ESPN GameDay for the network feature game of the week as the play-by-play voice. Hullinger's call of Morten Anderson's NFC Title winning kick in Minneapolis is played in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame as one of the state's 10 biggest sports moments.

Hullinger will present the Commencement Address during the spring ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 6 at the Colorado State Fair Southwest Motors Events Center.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.

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