Coming here (HPU) as a graduate student was everything
I had hoped, said Nitschke, originally from Great Falls,
Montana. It has help me achieve what I want and has completely
exceeded everything I had expected.
As an undergraduate Nitschke majored in photojournalism. An
interest that grew from his boyhood experiences in Glacier Park
in Montana, taking what he still feels are some of his greatest
My father would take me, explained Nitschke. He
loved photography and baseball, which may explain Nitschkes
other major interest sports.
After completing his undergraduate work at the University of
Montana, earning a Bachelors degree in Photojournalism,
Nitschke went to Denver to attempt a career as a freelance photographer.
After struggling for more than over a year, he decided to continue
his education. He learned that HPU had a Masters in Communication
degree and thought that he could get a masters degree
while getting some great shots of Hawaii. While working
on his masters degree, Nitschke used his knowledge of
photography to secure a job as a film editor at the KGMB newsroom.
This was a great opportunity for the novice journalist to get
acquainted with all the responsibilities of a newsroom, and
Nitschke used it.
A position opened up as a news anchor, said Nitschke.
I remember saying to myself, I can do that.
Nitschke recalls that he really had no sense of what the position
itself entailed, but course work, his work at HPU, and his prior
photojournalism experience gave him the confidence that he needed.
Knowing his colleagues before the promotion also helped him
feel comfortable in his new role.
At first I spent a lot of time reading out loud,
said Nitschke, but the toughest part is definitely the
Nitschke is certain that his challenge is keeping up with the
constantly changing technology. He believes that the systems
upgrades will help the overall productivity of the newsroom,
and understands that staying on top of those systems is key
to that success.
Nitschke has enjoyed his new position and its responsibilities.
He started in spring and was thrown headfirst into the life
as sportscaster as the UH Warriors won their first national
When asked what was his favorite part of his new job, Nitschke
was quick to answer: hanging out with heroes.