Caribou High School alum nominated for College Television Award
Caribou High School graduate Ben Ezzy and his news team have been nominated for a National College Television Award.
CARIBOU, Maine — Caribou High School graduate Ben Ezzy and his news team have been nominated for a National College Television Award.
Hard work, curiosity, friendship and community are some of the many values that Ezzy says have shaped his experiences as an aspiring director and news producer.
Ezzy, a 2016 CHS graduate, has served as director of NewsVision, a weekly student-produced current affairs program, since his freshman year at the University of Miami. Now a graduate student at the University of Miami, Ezzy and his team are nominated in the News & Sports category for the College Television Awards, a program of the Television Academy Foundation.
“It’s always great to be recognized. It validates all the hard work our crew members put into the show,” Ezzy said.
The College Television Awards will announce their 2022 winners during a virtual ceremony on March 26. Ezzy’s News Vision crew was nominated alongside students from 58 colleges across the United States, including two other UMTV news crews.
From his days at Caribou High School, Ezzy knew he had an interest in video production, but wasn’t sure what career path he would follow. Although Miami is a far cry from northern Maine, being in a large college environment gave Ezzy the opportunity to try new things and find a passion for broadcast news.
Ezzy first served as a volunteer production assistant for UMTV and later became a writer, associate producer and executive producer. Early in his freshman year, Ezzy started directing the 30-minute NewsVision and quickly learned to love the fast-paced and unpredictable work environment.
“You have to be prepared. Things always go wrong during live broadcasts, but you have to keep calm and move on,” Ezzy said. “You have to trust the people working on the show.”
Ezzy is graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2020 and will soon earn an MFA in Interactive Media, also from UM. His career goals include directing news, sports or live entertainment shows and teaching media production to students.
While the appointment is exciting, Ezzy is most proud of his team’s professional growth and the opportunities for him to develop as a broadcaster.
“I love telling stories, connecting with people, and being involved in the live aspect of news,” Ezzy said.
Ezzy was a member of the National Honor Society, played on numerous sports teams, and took photos and videos at local events while at Caribou High School. These experiences helped him realize the importance of collaboration, trust and involvement in his community.
In Miami, he strove to maintain that spirit of supportive community among his classmates and colleagues.
“It’s unique to grow up in a community where people come together for events like the basketball game or Thursdays on Sweden Street,” Ezzy said. “I had a lot of opportunities to get involved in things that I wouldn’t necessarily have had elsewhere.”