Carey L. Higgins-Dobney
Portland, Oregon, USA


20 years of experience in local television newsrooms. Familiar with the latest newsgathering practices, manual and automated tv production, web expectations, and social media trends. Experienced in classroom teaching and training others in broadcast techniques. Has a large network of professional contacts in the local television news business.

Part Time Faculty, Clackamas Community College, 2016-present, Journalism

Introduction, Intermediate, and Advanced Broadcast Journalism: teaches writing, reporting, shooting, and editing for broadcast. Gives students hands-on experience for how real-world television news production happens. Successfully aired the first live news update broadcast by the college. Student work airs on local PEG station and is posted on the web. Includes the importance of social media and web presence to local journalism.

 Adjunct Faculty, Portland State University, 2011, University Studies

Media Studies: Broad introductory survey course for Sophomore Inquiry

Combines history & theory with current mass media practices and concepts, including news, marketing, public spaces, and social media. Uses real life examples to illustrate lessons.


University of Georgia Grady College Mentor, 2015-2016
Mentor for journalism school students seeking to begin their broadcast careers in the local television news industry


Graduate Research Assistant, Portland State University, 2009-2010
Assisted Dr. Gerald Sussman of the Urban Studies department with research and editing on numerous published academic projects focused on media branding and labor



Higgins-Dobney, C.L. (2017). Technology, flexible labor, corporate expectations, and the local TV newsroom worker. Digital Poster presented at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Conference. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Higgins-Dobney, C.L. (2016). News work: Local television news employees, corporate culture, and the impact on community reporting. Presented at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Super-Regional Conference. University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina.

Sussman, G. & Higgins-Dobney, C.L. (2015). The planned obsolescence of television journalism. Presented at the International Association for Media and Communication Research. University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Higgins-Dobney, C.L. (2015). News work: The impact of corporate newsroom culture on news workers & community reporting. Speed Networking event. University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Higgins, C.L. & Sussman, G. (2012). Impacts of conglomeration and new technology on the local TV newsroom. Presented at What is television? A conference exploring the past, present, and future of television. University of Oregon, Portland, Oregon.    


Sussman, G. & Higgins-Dobney, C.L. (2016). The planned obsolescence of tv journalism. In R. Maxwell (Ed.) The Routledge Companion to Labor & Media (pp. 230-241). New York, New York: Taylor & Francis

Higgins-Dobney, C.L. & Sussman, G. (2013). The growth of TV news, the demise of the journalism profession.  Media, Culture & Society, 35(7), 847-863

Higgins, C.L. & Sussman, G. (2007). Plugola: News for profit, entertainment, and network consolidation. In T.A. Gibson & M. Lowes (Eds.) Urban Communication: Production, Text, Context (pp. 141-164).  Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.


Communication Department, Portland State University, 2012
Presented lecture to graduate-level class based on qualitative interview research of local television newsroom experiences. Discussed how political economy, ownership, and technology changes affect employees and the news that is broadcast to the community

Political Science Department, Portland State University, 2005
Presented findings from Master’s thesis to undergraduate Political Science class. Discussed the content and on-air styles of local television newscasts and their effects on community viewers


2016 Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Super-Regional Conference: Top Student Research-In-Progress Award

2015 Marie Brown Travel Award from Portland State University for use at IAMCR Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

PhD candidate, Portland State University, Urban Studies
Concentrations: Community Development & Urban Mass Media

Dissertation proposal accepted by committee and in progress: News work: The impact of corporate newsroom culture on news workers & community reporting

M.S., Portland State University, 2005, Communication Studies
Concentrations: Mass Media & Research Methods

Thesis: Does the “News” Come First? Social Responsibility, Infotainment, and Local Television Newscasts in Portland, Oregon: A Content Analysis.

B.A. Journalism, University of Georgia, 1997, Telecommunication Arts
Minor: Spanish         Magna cum Laude with High Honors

KGW-TV, 2006-present
Newscast Director & Technical Director. Works closely with newsroom producers, writers, reporters, and anchors “behind the scenes” to put local newscasts on the air. In charge of technical aspects of news broadcasts. Experienced in both manual and automated news production.

Currently running audio, video, cameras, and graphics for live newscasts via ELC automation. Previous use of Grass Valley Kalypso and Kayak switchers, CalRec audio board, Radamac robotic cameras, Miranda graphics, VizRT graphics, and Chyron Duet graphics.

Participates in station social media functions, including active posting on twitter. Previously edited and posted video to the station website post-newscast.

KPTV-TV & KPDX-TV, 2000-2006
Newscast and Sports Extra Director & Technical Director using Grass Valley Kalypso switcher.  Deko Graphics Operator. BCS digital video roller. Other production positions as needed.


WBBH-TV & WZVN-TV, 1998-2000
*1999-2000:  Newscast Director & Technical Director. Executed up to 4 live shows nightly, including the #1 6:00PM and 11:00PM newscasts in Southwest Florida.
*1998-1999:  Production Assistant & Newscast Video Editor. Responsible for coordinating graphics and video with the newsroom. Camera operation. Video tape editing and playback. Prompter operation. Audio operation. Graphics building and operation.

University News
, (CNN), 1997

All production positions for the University of Georgia’s 5:30PM live daily newscast, including director, technical director, audio, graphics, prompter, video editor, tape operator, and camera operation.