Hunton will receive the award during a spring conference in Waco.
Paul Hunton, an award-winning filmmaker and the general manager of KTTZ-TV in Texas Tech Public Media, has been named the 2016 Broadcaster of the Year by the Texas Association for Broadcast Educators.
The Broadcaster of the Year Award honors those who have shown a commitment to excellence in educational broadcasting. It is open to any full-time employee of a Texas Association of Broadcasters member radio or television station.
"I am humbled and honored to receive such a prestigious award and recognition from an organization like TABE for Broadcaster of the Year for 2016," Hunton said. "It is bigger than me, however, and a testament to the hard work of everyone at Texas Tech Public Media and a reflection of the investment that Texas Tech University has made in public broadcasting."
Hunton will receive the award during the Texas Association of Broadcast Educators spring conference in February in Waco.
Hunton has served as the general manager for Texas Tech Public Television since 2015, overseeing the daily operations, after serving as production director since 2011. He was named Director of Texas Tech Public Media in October, overseeing KTTZ-TV, KTTZ-FM, the Texas Tech radio station, and KNCH-FM in San Angelo.
He has been nominated for six Emmys and won three in the Lonestar Region for his non-fiction directing for the films "Guns Up! The History of Raider Red," "Put Me to Suffering," and the film "There Will Be No Bad Talk or Loud Talk in This Place, which is an episode of the KTTZ show "24 Frames."
He recently served as the director, writer and producer on the documentary "Between Earth and Sky," which examines the effects of climate change through soil science in the Alaskan frontier.
He was also instrumental in creating "24 Frames" for KTTZ, which highlights film, art, music and culture in Texas.
"We are dedicated to not only serving the community and university through our programming and production but also in educating the next generation of media professionals in partnership with the college of Media and Communication through our internship program and the courses KTTZ staff teach," Hunton said. "I'd like to thank Dr. Robert Peaslee, chair of Journalism and Electronic Media in the College of Media and Communications, for nominating me for this award."
Peaslee praised Hunton for providing countless opportunities for students to experience both the joys and challenges of a career in the media both inside and outside the classroom.
"Paul has had an enormous influence in a relatively short time on the students of College of Media & Communication," Peaslee said. "This pedagogical impact has been achieved in addition to that derived from his professional responsibilities with the station, his creative contributions to the Lubbock community as a producer of locally relevant content, and his civic efforts with organizations such as the Flatland Film Festival."