WEST COAST REGION PROFILE
H. Read Jackson III '66
Hidden Hills, Calif.
As a veteran television executive, H. Read Jackson brings an extensive background as a writer-producer-director in advertising, marketing and journalism to the creation and production of television programs and digital platforms.
His producer credits include "60 Minutes," "Who's Who" and "Up to the Minute" (CBS News); "World News Tonight" (ABC News); "American Almanac" (NBC News), "USA Today," "Entertainment Tonight," "Real Stories of the Highway Patrol" and the award winning syndicated investigative news series, "The Crusaders."
Early in his television career, Jackson got hands-on exposure to campaign political coverage as a broadcast media adviser/producer for the League of Women Voters during the 1976 U.S. Presidential debates.
As the vice president for programming and executive producer for WHYY (Philadelphia public television), Jackson was responsible for award-nominated public affairs and news programs. During his 14-year tenure at Fox Sports Net in Los Angeles, Jackson was the senior vice president of original programs for the company's 12 regional network operations.
He has been nominated for an Emmy, 11 Sports Emmys, the Ohio State and George Polk Awards for Journalism, and is a winner of the 1985 Clarion Award. He won the 1979-1980 American Cancer Society's Community Service Award in Philadelphia and the 1994 Genesis Award, as well as a dozen Telly Awards for cable programming. He was instrumental as the executive producer of the series "REPLAY"-the first network/agency (Chiat/ Day) production collaboration for a multi-platform series, broadcast and digital-which won the Telly and the Cannes Golden Lion.
Prior to his career in television, Jackson was an account executive with Benton and Bowles Advertising in New York.
At Hobart, Jackson was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, the Inter-fraternity Council and lettered in varsity soccer. He has been a supporter of the Colleges, including serving on the 40th Homecoming Committee, and has served as a student adviser for the entrepreneurial finalists for two seasons of "The Pitch," advising the 2013 winner. He has also been profiled in the Pulteney Street Survey.
In 2011, after retiring from television, Jackson formed a partnership to develop mobile apps. Located in Orange County, Calif., the company, Apptico Technologies LLC, specializes in venue service applications.
Jackson is a member of the vestry for the Prince of Peace Episcopal Church in Woodland Hills, Calif., and serves on the board of ACT Today, a national, non-profit foundation for autism and related disorders.
He lives in Hidden Hills, Calif., with his wife, author Nancy Rousseau Alspaugh, a former television executive and current executive director of ACT Today, and their son, Wyatt.