Three ACU alumni to receive prestigious Gutenberg awards

For Immediate Release
Oct. 21, 1999

The Abilene Christian University Journalism and Mass Communication Department will honor three alumni who are making national and international impacts through their careers. The honors will be presented at the annual Gutenberg Dinner tonight, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Teague Special Events Center on the ACU campus.

The honorees are:

  • Martin Perry, production manager and director of corporate production at Phillips Productions, Inc. Perry graduated in 1983. He is a Brownwood native and now lives in Plano.
  • Doug Ferguson, chief golf writer for the Associated Press. Ferguson also graduated in 1983. He is a native of Clovis, Calif., and now lives in Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Les Hunter, senior visual effects producer for Pacific Data Images, a computer animation and visual effects company for the feature-film, commercial and entertainment industries. Hunter graduated in 1986. He is an Abilene native and now lives in Palo Alto, Calif.

Perry began his broadcasting career at KBWD radio in Brownwood in 1977 and moved into television at KRBC-TV in Abilene his freshman year at ACU. He also worked part-time for KRBC radio. While a student, Perry went to KTAB-TV to be a cameraman. After he graduated in 1983, Perry moved to KTXS-TV as production manager. In 1991 he moved to Dallas to work for Phillips Productions, Inc.

At Phillips, Perry produces the TV series "Texas Country Reporter." Perry also produced ACU's award-winning "To Lead and To Serve" campaign video. Perry also has garnered Telly awards, Worldfest Houston International awards and Emmy awards.

Ferguson majored in Spanish at ACU, but he discovered a journalism his senior year working on the staffs of the Optimist, ACU's award-winning student newspaper, and the Prickly Pear, ACU's award-winning yearbook.

As AP golf writer, Ferguson writes a weekly column and covers national and international golf tournaments, including the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup.

He has covered major world events including the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan; the Oklahoma City bombing aftermath; the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston; and the 1989 Olympic Festival.

Hunter is currently working on MGM Studio's "Supernova." Other projects of his include "Batman Forever," "Forces of Nature" and "The Peacemaker."

He also has produced commercial effects and broadcast graphics for clients such as Pillsbury, Reebok, ESPN, HBO, NBC, CBS, Showtime and Gatorade.

Before working at PDI, Hunter worked at Scott Miller & Associates on the Emmy-winning ABC Monday Night Football graphics, "Square One TV," HBO, Nickelodeon and Saturday Night Live.


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