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Alumnus Wins Emmy for Hosting NASA Program

By Amanda Morad | August 14, 2013

Caleb Kinchlow with his Emmy Award.
Photo courtesy of Caleb Kinchlow

Regent University School of Communication & the Arts alumnus Caleb Kinchlow '12, has had a busy year since graduation. On top of working at the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) as a videographer, editor, producer and web show host, Kinchlow has also served as co-host on the award-winning educational series, NASA 360.

The 30-minute show is produced by the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Va., in collaboration with NASA and is shown in museums across the United States, on PBS and is even available on Hulu. Earlier this summer, the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded NASA 360 an Emmy in the "Informational/Instructional—Program Special" category for the episode "Robots, Rocks & Rovers."

Kinchlow, who has been co-hosting the show for about a year, also garnered two Telly Awards for the program. See the award-winning episode here.

"It's not even about the awards themselves, but it is cool to be recognized and honored by people in your industry, by your peers, who think you're doing a great job," Kinchlow admitted. "It just makes us work even harder."

The Emmy Award is the premier television production award presented in various sectors of the television industry, including entertainment programming, instructional, news and documentary shows, and sports programming. More than 550 broadcasters from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia gathered for the regional awards gala held on June 15, in Baltimore.

Describing himself as "always driven," it's no surprise that Kinchlow's expertise in broadcast media has taken him far—even to cover the 2012 Superbowl in New Orleans—but it was his philosophy on media that first brought Kinchlow to Regent to study digital media in 2010.

"As Christians working in the industry, I think it is important we broaden our prospective on what ministry looks like," he explained. "I decided to further my education at Regent because I heard great things about the program. After hearing Dr. Campo speak and sitting down with some of the faculty, I knew their programs were designed to build and equip Christian leaders."

In addition to his television and film work, Kinchlow is developing himself as a public speaker to young people, retooling important lessons he learned at Regent into interactive talks for young adults and high school students.

"Occasionally, I go back to my undergrad alma mater as a guest speaker to challenge the students on a topic I discovered at Regent, 'The Postmodern Storyteller,'" he explained. "It's about what it means to be a Christian in a secular industry and why it's so important that we have Christian people in the industry telling their stories and, not watering down their work, but expressing it in a way that conveys a Christ-like worldview."

He has also spoken to middle and high school students on the subject of being "Born for Greatness."

"I always knew media had a major effect on society, but it was not until I started studying at Regent that I understood to what extent," Kinchlow said. "I believe media shapes consciousness and that consciousness shapes culture, and as Christians, we should be at the forefront helping to influence our culture toward Christ. That's what I want to do. I wholeheartedly want to be a part of shaping culture."

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