America '96: The California Factor
In Search of a Miracle
(NORTHRIDGE MAGAZINE, Fall 2003)
When ABC-7 Eyewitness News needed an expert to train its editors and production staff in the use of a new editing system, it called in a Cal State Northridge alumnus.
Guy Gunderson knows a thing or two about editing. He has two Emmy Awards to prove it.
A 1971 graduate of the RTVF Dept., Guy has racked up plenty of experience as a news editor for KTLA (LA-Channel 5), KCOP (LA-Channel 13), KNBC (LA-Channel 4), and KABC (LA-Channel 7).
Both of Guy's Emmy Awards were earned during his years in Channel 13's news division. The first, shared with three other editors, was for a 1996 election special called "America '96: The California Factor." It covered ballot issues that affected California that year.
Gunderson's second Emmy gave him the greatest satisfaction, not only because he was the sole editor on the project, but because of the subject matter. The five-part series entitled "In Search of a Miracle" was an emotional portrait of a woman's struggle with bone cancer.
"For three or four weeks, that was all I worked on," Gunderson said, recalling the woman's bravery as she coped with treatments and the spread of the disease. "It was a tribute to her life."
As the daily installments progressed, he said, viewers' hopes were raised. The cancer victim's eventual death was a shock to viewers and the news crew alike.
Gunderson, a Chatsworth resident, was video producer, director and editor at CSUN's Instructional Media Center from 1981 to 1991.