Kate Sweeney

Assistant Professor of Practice

Office Hours:

Tuesdays 11AM – 12PM

Wednesdays 3:30PM – 4:30PM

and by appointment

Class Schedule:

MDST 2700: Newswriting - Tues/Thurs 9:30-10:45

MDST 3508: Documentary Media Production - Tues/Thurs 2:00-3:15

Kate is a veteran nonfiction media producer and journalist. As an associate producer, field producer and co-producer at National Geographic Television & Film, she earned multiple credits for news and documentary projects that explored diverse topics, from scientific discoveries to life on the front lines of conflict. Later, Kate served as the Supervising Producer on the editorial team that launched Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between CBS/Showtime and the Smithsonian Institution. She was also the Executive Producer for TPI, an international distributor of fiction and nonfiction films. Kate’s projects have taken her from Bangkok to Burbank and aired all over the world on networks including MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Showtime, History, National Geographic, and Smithsonian Channel. 

Prior to joining the University of Virginia, Kate directed George Mason University’s journalism concentration. She’s also taught media production and communication courses at Asbury University and the University of Kentucky. Kate holds an M.S. in Science Journalism from Boston University, and a B.A. in Anthropology from Colorado College.