MITCH FOX Biography
Born in San Francisco and graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles, Mitch Fox began his broadcasting career at KABC-TV in Los Angeles, where he worked as one of the station’s first student interns and then later, in a paid position, as an apprentice cameraman.
Mitch has been a Las Vegas resident since 1976 when he accepted his first on-air reporting position with KSHO-TV Channel 13 (currently KTNV-TV).
For more than 28 years, he was the senior news and public affairs producer at Vegas PBS, KLVX Channel 10 and has been an active participant in national conferences which focused on the changing role of journalists.
Mr. Fox received National Press Foundation grants to participate in symposiums dealing with multi-culturalism and telecommunications.
For eleven years he produced an award-winning documentary series called “Real to Reel” and won an Emmy nomination for a documentary on nuclear waste. Mr. Fox also received the CPB award for The Road West and the Best of the West Award for Crisis in Corrections. He received the 2003 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Community Achievement Award for Communications and was asked to be the commencement speaker at the graduation ceremonies of the University of Phoenix.
Mitch has been a freelance writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Las Vegas Sun, Newsweek and Nevada Magazine. He has been host/producer of “Nevada Week in Review,” one of the community’s most watched public affairs talk shows, since 1987. He started covering the Nevada State Legislature in 1979 and produced and anchored a statewide, weekly series during Nevada’s bi-annual legislative session, called “Capitol Issues.”
He has moderated numerous candidates’ debates, some of which have aired nationally on C-Span. Mitch initiated an innovative collaboration with the Las Vegas Review-Journal in which RJ readers were able to post candidate questions on the newspaper’s website for use during Channel 10’s election debates. In 1996, Mitch brought Vegas PBS and NBC affiliate KVBC together to produce prime-time, election coverage. In 2006 he created a similar collaboration with KVVU, the Las Vegas Fox affiliate. He has partnered with such media groups as KNPR, LV1, El Mundo, El Tiempo Libre, Univision KINC-TV Channel 15, Power 88 KCEP-FM, KRLV 1340am and KNEWS Radio and he outreached the valley’s Hispanic community by providing Spanish-language translation of selected portions of the station’s campaign coverage.
He was unanimously chosen by the Nevada Broadcasters Association to moderate the 2006 gubernatorial debate which was broadcast on 56 Nevada television and radio stations, as well as C-Span.
During his tenure at Vegas PBS, Mr. Fox became Director of Production Services. He supervised a staff of 17 with oversight of all studio and field production projects, including a budget of nearly $2 million dollars. Mr. Fox later became Director of Programming and Outreach with oversight of traffic operations and all local program origination. He has developed political strategies, cultivated governmental relationships and advanced legislative agendas for Vegas PBS and the Clark County School District. In addition he provided direction in the formulation of the monthly programming schedule which includes 6 channels and management of the station’s web site.
On the 5th anniversary of 9/11, Mr. Fox initiated one of the most comprehensive outreach projects in station history. He brought the Clark County Office of Emergency Management, Clark County Fire and Police, the Red Cross, the Health District, School District and several other community agencies and first responders together to discuss emergency preparedness in Southern Nevada. The public was invited to attend this interactive townhall which was broadcast numerous times on Vegas PBS and Clark County Cox Cable Channel 4.
For more than 25 years he worked with the Clark County School District to develop exciting and dynamic distance learning programs for K-12 students. These programs have helped lower the high school drop-out rate and have provided teachers with audio-visual teaching tools for the classroom.
Mr. Fox left the station in 2006 to form his own consulting company, Impact Communications. He continues to host "Nevada Week in Review," produce election-year specials and cover the state legislature for Vegas PBS. He also conducts interviews for KNPR-FM. He's also been a part-time instructor at UNLV's Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies. In 2010 Mr. Fox was asked to be the moderator of the only debate between U.S. Senator Harry Reid and Sharron Angle, a debate which was covered by multiple news outlets throughout the world.