February 22, 2010
Hatteberg shares his keys to success with Cowley students
Having spent the past 48 years working in television, KAKE news anchor
Larry Hatteberg shared his knowledge with students in Cowley College’s
journalism and communication classes on Monday in the President’s
The event drew a standing room only crowd as Hatteberg discussed the art of video storytelling. Along with providing tips on how to make a compelling story, Hatteberg also shared four video stories, which he filmed, edited and produced.
“Larry was a great communicator and it was an honor for him to show off what skills are needed in the field of journalism.” Cowley College sophomore Richard Gould said.
Hatteberg, who graduated from Winfield High School in 1960, discussed how nobody came to talk to his school when he was a student. So, if given an opportunity, Hatteberg always said if he had a story to tell he would share it with the students.
“I feel I have a doctorate degree in life from everything I have learned from people,” Hatteberg said.
Hatteberg has distinguished himself with his ability to communicate visually, letting his subjects tell their story. His "Hatteberg's People" series is the longest running television feature in Kansas.
“I let the people tell the story because they have lived the experience,” Hatteberg said. “Viewers will listen to them before they will listen to the reporter. You should tell your story through the people.”
The students in attendance gained valuable insight from an individual that has held nearly every position in the KAKE newsroom and currently co-anchors KAKE News at Five.
“I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Larry speak about his journalistic endeavors,” Cowley College sophomore Carly Budd said. “Sharing the stories of others is a great way to live life.”
Hatteberg told the students he conceptualizes a story in his mind and then goes from there. He is a so called “one man band” as he does his own filming, editing and producing on each of his videos.
He spoke of marrying the images, sound, and narration together to make a video story.
“Mr. Hatteberg is a fantastic story-teller,” Cowley College freshman Alison Jamerson said. “He has a great voice for narration and is a natural public speaker. He was the polar opposite of boring.”
The videos Hatteberg showed included Birthing in Africa, This Old Bridge (Gary Gackstatter), Greensburg, and one on former United States Senator Nancy Kassebaum from Kansas, and her husband, former U.S. Senator Howard Baker, Jr. of Tennessee.
Hatteberg also spoke to the students about being one of the only reporters to interview Dennis Rader, the BTK killer.
Meg Smith, Cowley College’s director of journalism/Cowley Press advisor, was thankful to have Hatteberg speak to the journalism and communication students.
“Larry is an engaging speaker,” Smith said. “He pulled the students in with details they could relate to from local residents he has covered in the past to his relationship with BTK, whom he called the scariest man he ever met.”