Interim Department Chair of Digital Arts
Jake Wachtel has been producing, writing and directing for television, film and new media for over a decade. An award-winning international journalist and producer, Jake began his career as a news producer-reporter for Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS), CBS’ partner in Japan. He has covered stories across the Americas including presidential elections, social issues in South America, the Academy Awards and the Olympics. Jake has interviewed an array of celebrities from Christina Aguilera to Bill Gates and as a hard news producer, he received the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Citation for coverage of 9/11.
Jake runs No Worries Entertainment (NWE), a company that produces content and develops programming for domestic and international clients. Prior to founding NWE, he was an Executive Producer for NBC Universal. He has produced and directed documentaries and independent features as well as the comedic sports current affairs show Sports Soup for E! Studios. He was also a producer for CNBC's Dennis Miller show and developed, directed and produced programs for Zee TV's Veria Network, including its tentpole series The Incurables.
A CORO Fellow in Public Affairs, he serves on the Media Advisory Boards of Santa Monica College and the Claremont Colleges. He is a member of the Writers Guild and the International Press Academy.