This special event is free to the public and sponsored by the Digital Media Studies program, the Department of Visual Arts & Design, and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
After the lecture, there will also be a public reception in the Clyde H. Wells Gallery of Art.
Chet Garner is the creator, host, and executive producer of The Daytripper, a 12-time Emmy-award-winning Texas travel show airing on PBS stations across the country. Born in nearby Comanche and raised in Port Neches, Texas, Chet’s love for storytelling began at a young age around the Boy Scout campfire and toting around his grandfather’s VHS video camera. Chet earned a degree in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin and went on to graduate first in his class from Baylor Law School.
However, after practicing law for 3 years, he decided to follow his passions and simultaneously inspire folks to appreciate the beauty, history, and food of the Lone Star State.
At this lecture, Chet will be sharing his stories, which amount to a crash course in travel, filmmaking, marketing, and doing whatever it takes to start a successful TV show. The Daytripper is now in its thirteenth season, it has won 12 Lone Star Emmys including 4 for “Outstanding Program Host,” and is well on its way to becoming a Texas institution.
Chet also shares his stories via monthly columns for both Texas Highways and Texas Co-Op Power magazines. His company, Hogaboom Road, Inc., is now a full-service commercial production company with clients ranging from Smokey Bear to Best Western.