Nathan Gibbs, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of Media Communication

Nathan Gibbs specializes in audiovisual storytelling and media strategy for on-demand, live streaming and broadcast media. Prior to joining PLNU in 2022, he taught multimedia and broadcast news courses as a faculty member in the department of journalism and mass communication at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. He directed KACU, the city’s NPR station, introduced live ESPN+ streaming, created podcast studios, and ushered in curriculum revisions during his tenure. Prior to his time in Texas, Gibbs worked for nine years at KPBS in San Diego, California. His project management credits include mobile apps, branding and digital strategy, workflow standards for daily news audio and video content, and custom web apps for feature news stories. 

Gibbs grew up in Escondido and now lives in San Diego with his wife, Rosario, and their five children. In his off time, you can find him on and off the trail in the California wilderness. Follow his family’s adventures on Instagram


  • M.F.A, Electronic Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic University, Troy, New York 2004
  • B.S., Electronic Media, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas 2000

Courses Taught

  • COM1050 Introduction to Media Communication
  • COM2041 Audio Production
  • COM2043 Introduction to TV and Film Production
  • COM3013 Television News Production 
  • COM4013 Advanced Television News Production
  • COM4014 Long-Form Broadcast News
  • COM4025 Advanced Television Workshop
  • COM4042 Field Television Production 
  • COM4035 Advanced Audio Production 
  • COM4043 Studio Television Production 
  • COM4090 Special Studies in Communication

Experience in Field

  • 18+ years of non-profit media experience at NPR and PBS stations. 
  • Published stories on KPBS, KACU, Texas Standard, Texas Tribune.


Awards and Honors

  • Award of Excellence: Faculty Audio, Broadcast Educators Association On-Location (2019)
  • Second Place: GIFT Poster Presentation, AEJMC Conference (2019)
  • 20/20 Teaching Innovation Grant, Adams Center for Teaching and Learning (2017, 2018)
  • 20 Under 40, Abilene Reporter-News (2016)
  • Honorable Mention: Excellence in Online Journalism, National Press Foundation (2010)
  • Best of Show: Websites, San Diego Press Club (2010)
  • First Place: Integration of Media, San Diego Press Club (2010)
  • Best of Show: Websites, San Diego Press Club (2009)
  • First Place: Integration of Media, San Diego Press Club (2009)
  • Best Use of Web: Breaking News, APTRA Mark Twain Team Award (2008)

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications




  • “Race History in Abilene” (April 2022) Abilene Southwest Rotary, Abilene, TX 
  • “Teaching Podcasting: Igniting Student Creativity with Pedagogically Sound Projects and Exercises” (April 2021) Broadcasters Education Association, Virtual Conference
  • “Asynchronous: Ways to Engage at a Distance” (November 2020) Adams Center for Teaching and Learning, Abilene, TX
  • “Online Delivery of Technical Training Shows Promise for Teaching Podcasting” (August 2019) Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Toronto, Canada
  • “The Lynching of Grover C. Everett” (August 2019) Frontier Texas, Abilene, TX
  • “‘A Quiet Place’ Film Talkback” (September 2018) The Paramount Theatre, Abilene, TX
  • “Podcasting Trends” (August 2018) Texas Association of Broadcasters, Austin, TX
  • “Capturing Sound for Video Production” (November 2017) AT&T Learning Studio, Abilene, TX 
  • Workshop: “How to Get Great Sound in Your Film” (October 2014)
  • AT&T Learning Studio, Abilene, TX 
  • “Media Diversity” (April 2014) Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX
  • “Launching Social Media Initiatives” (May 2013) Business Marketing Association & San Diego Press Club, San Diego, CA
  • “Photojournalism” (June 2011) California Chicano News Media Association, San Diego, CA 
  • “Storytelling through Audio and Photography” (Oct. 2010) SDSU College of Extended Studies, San Diego, CA
  • “Twitter for Journalists” (Sept. 2009) San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
  • “Blogging for Journalists” (July 2009) Asian American Journalists Association, San Diego, CA