Mr. William Christopher Leonard
Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Communications
Location:Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications216
Expertise:Televsion Production, Broadcast Writing, Cinema Studies, Film & TV Editing
Prof. W. Chris Leonard is a Howard University alum and did graduate work at Boston University's Graduate Film School. He is an accomplished film and television producer-director, working with such organizations as National Geographic, the United States Postal Service, Philip Morris, Bristol-Myers, McGraw Hill Publications, Xerox and the New York City Police Department.
Prof. Leonard served as a set extra coordinator for Big Ticket/Spelling Entertainment’s show "Moesha," and he produced, directed and wrote for the public affairs show "Positively Black" on WNBC-TV in New York City. Some of the WNBC shows are now part of the permanent collection at the Schomburg Center for Black Culture in Harlem. Prof. Leonard was also instrumental in the pilot development and post-production procedures for TBS’ "Turner’s World of Adventure." Afterward, he served for five years as the general manager and program director for the Atlanta Public Access television station.
Prof. Leonard has earned numerous honors and recognitions, including the YMCA of Greater New York’s Black Achievers in Industry Award, an Emmy certificate and multiple CEBA awards. He currently teaches Senior Capstone and Introduction to Radio and Television Production. In this capacity, he has also produced, directed and written, along with enlisting some of his students, the Title III project, "Caldwell Cafe" TV show, hosted by Prof. Earl Caldwell, the Scripps Howard School "Digital Genius" television pilot and the Alcoa Corporation grant-funded "You Can be an Engineer" for the School of Engineering.