Journalist Neal Spelce Receives Naming of Film and Television Lab

AUSTIN, Texas--Sept. 19, 2016--The Moody College of Communication will dedicate CMB Studio 4E as the “Neal Spelce Broadcast Journalism Studio,” following a fundraising campaign that was supported by 24 Moody College friends and alumni. The dedication will start at 3p.m. in the Jesse Jones Communication Building Studio 4E.

Neal Spelce (B.A., B.J., B.F.A ’58) has been a media legend in Central Texas and beyond for more than 50 years in the fields of journalism and public relations. After earning degrees in journalism, speech and radio/television from The University of Texas at Austin, Spelce worked as a broadcast journalist for KTBC-TV, where he became known for his heroic live coverage of the UT tower shootings on campus Aug. 1, 1966.

Spelce went on to serve as a communications executive and has consulted business leaders and political candidates across party lines, including President Lyndon B. Johnson, Senator John McCain, New York Governor Mario Cuomo and Texas Governor Ann Richards.

During his career, Spelce earned numerous community and industry honors, including top awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Public Relations Society of America and the National Headliners Clubs highest award for consistently outstanding television news coverage.

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 19. 2016, 3 p.m.

WHERE: CMB 4.128

About The University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communication

One of the nation's foremost institutions for the study of advertising and public relations, communication sciences and disorders, communication studies, journalism and radio-TV-film, The University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communication is preparing students to thrive in an era of media convergence. Serving more than 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students, the Moody College is nationally recognized for its faculty members, research and student media. For more information about the Moody College, visit

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