Michael A. Dunn is the General Manager of KUED-Channel 7. He comes to KUED from Dunn Communications, Inc, a Salt Lake City advertising agency and film production company. Among his peer distinctions over the years are a gold and silver medal from the New York Film Festival, several ADDY's from the American Advertising Federation, and four CLIOs--an award considered the "Oscar" of the advertising industry. He also garnered two Emmy nominations, one of which earned the Emmy Award for public service in 1992 from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In the spring of 2000 he was honored by the American Advertising Federation, Utah Chapter, as the inaugural recipient of the Advertising Professional of the Year Award.
Michael spent 13 years as a senior writer and producer for Bonneville Communications where he worked on the highly acclaimed Homefront campaign for the LDS Church, and Fotheringham & Associates (now Richter 7). He began his career as a freelance print journalist and later moved to the broadcast side working in radio and television as a reporter and producer. Dunn graduated from the University of Utah with both a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Mass Communication. Professionally he also has earned an APR certificate from the Public Relations Society of America.
He has written and directed several documentary films for public television including, Shared Vision, In Those Days, and Flagship in the Desert. He also wrote and directed Karl Malone's Body Shop, a four-volume exercise video series featuring NBA legend Karl Malone. Recently he completed A Message to the World, a film about Salt Lake City's post-Olympic environmental efforts in Torrino, Italy, and With Anxious Care, a documentary film and companion book covering the restoration of the Utah State Capitol building.
In the late summer of 1994, Michael was attacked and severely mauled by a grizzly bear while running in the mountains of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Miraculously he survived the attack and has gone on to share his remarkable story with national audiences both as a featured speaker and on television programs such as ABC’s Prime Time Live, The Leeza Gibbons Show, Inside Edition, and The Jenny Jones Show. Other accounts of his experience are currently available on an audio tape entitled Bears and Prayers from Covenant Communications, and in essay form in New Genesis: A Mormon reader on Land and Community, a book hailed by the Deseret News as the best local book of 1998.
Michael and his wife Linda have three children. An avid runner, cross-country skier and cyclist, he has completed more than 30 marathons including the Boston Marathon, LOTOJA (Logan to Jackson) Bike Race, and the Wasatch 100, a 100-mile ultra-marathon staged in the mountains of northern Utah.
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