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CBS director meets with students

By Jonathan Bym Managing Editor

September 12, 2013

Photo by Jonathan Bym
CBS Sports director Mark Grant describes his career to students in the TV studio inside Old Main on Sept. 5.

CBS Sports director Mark Grant spoke with students at the TV studio inside of Old Main on Sept. 5 about his career and life lessons.

Grant, a Baton Rouge, La., native, is an Emmy-winning director who has worked at nearly all levels of the TV production business. As a graduate of Louisiana State University, Grant entered college to be a doctor; but, following a semester with sub par grades, Grant decided to change majors and turned to Mass Communications.

Upon graduating, Grant  worked for a local TV studio in Baton Rouge and did camera work for ESPN while they were in the area.

Grant worked his way up the ladder and was named associate director for ESPN’s local broadcasts. Grant was thrown into the fire one day, as he had to serve as stand in director while the main director was out with a family emergency.

ESPN soon offered Grant a job working and that is where he career took off.

He worked there from from 1989 to 1998 before being offered a job to work at CBS as a director, where he has been ever since.

Grant has been in the truck directing some of the top athletic events in each of the top sports and has traveled to several states and countries with his work, including the Super Bowl, the Masters, college football and the NCAA basketball tournament.

The director told students that it is important to pursue your dreams because he was able to reach his dreams, even though he failed at first.



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