2007 National Broadcaster of the Year Speaks Oct. 30 at Holmes Distinguished Lecture at Colorado State

The Department of Journalism and Technical Communication at Colorado State University welcomes 2007 National Broadcaster of the Year, Roger Ogden, as this year’s presenter at the Holmes Distinguished Lecture. Ogden will speak at 5 p.m. Oct. 30 in the North Ballroom of the Lory Student Center.

Ogden has been instrumental in the journalism industry for helping bridge the gap between broadcast television, newspapers and the Web. He will focus his lecture on efforts made to incorporate existing communication systems with emerging technologies, communication styles and delivery.

Ogden received the 2007 National Broadcaster of the Year award after serving as president and CEO of the Gannett broadcast division. While at Gannett, Ogden also served as senior vice president of design, innovation and strategy.

Ogden’s interest in journalism was sparked as a teenager. At the age of 13, he worked at Denver radio station KPOF. Over the years, he worked at other stations as a reporter and news director before taking over the reins as president and general manager of KCNC-TV Channel 4 in Denver.

After 14 years at KCNC-TV, Ogden became the president and managing director of NBC Europe and oversaw day-to-day operations of NBC’s bureaus in Europe and CNBC Europe.  

He returned to Denver in 1997 as the president and general manager of KUSA 9News. In 1999, he was named senior vice president of Gannett Broadcasting and became a member of the Gannett Broadcast Operating Committee.  

The annual Holmes Distinguished Lecture is funded by the Holmes Communication Technology Leadership Fund. Geoffrey W. Holmes, former senior vice president of Time Warner, attended Colorado State and created the leadership fund in cooperation with the Journalism and Technical Communication department in 1999 as a means of helping students understand the importance of technology and its impact on the future of communication.