UNC Professor Covering London Olympics for Chinese TV Network

UNC Professor Gary Swanson participates in a China Central Television talk show broadcast from the London Olympics.

University of Northern Colorado Journalism professor Gary Swanson is serving as a commentator for English-language China Central Television during the Summer Olympics in London.

Swanson worked in the same capacity for CCT at the Beijing Olympics and previously was a field producer and cameraman for NBC's coverage in 1992 of the Barcelona Olympics.

In London, he's working for both "Dialogue," a CCT talk show and CCTV-9 News. CCTV-9, a 24-hour news channel providing coverage of the games to more than 1 billion in China and 45 million subscribers worldwide is available on Dish Network, channel 265, and DirecTV, channel 454.

The assignment required first traveling to Beijing for meetings with the shows' producers.

A three-time Fulbright Scholar, Swanson is currently UNC's Mildred S. Hansen endowed chair and distinguished journalist-in-residence. During his 30-year career as an educator, producer, editor and director, he's worked with "NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw," NBC's "Today Show" and prime-time magazine shows.

He's covered three presidential campaigns, the World Series, college and pro football playoffs and the Kentucky Derby. In 1992, he was a field producer and cameraman for NBC's coverage of the XXV Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

His numerous awards include Emmys for producing NBC investigative pieces titled "The Silent Shame," "Military Medicine" and "Hotel Crime." Before coming to UNC, Swanson was professor and director of television for nine years at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.