Profile of Steven Ackermann
Steven Ackermann specializes in treatment team leadership, psychotherapy and accreditation management. He holds a doctorate in psychology and specializes in personality and psychopathology.
He has also served as news director at CBS News and Raycom Media. With a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University of New Orleans, he has taught adjunct classes at University of Cincinnati as well as guest lecturing for Columbia University, Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University, Viet Nam Television’s VT8, Viet Nam Television Network 8 (VT8) as a guest lecturer.
Early Life and Education
Bachelor of Mass Communications from Loyola University in New Orleans. Acted as adjunct instructor at University of Cincinnati. Guest lectured at Columbia University, Manship School of Mass Communication Louisiana State University and Viet Nam Television’s VT8.
He has provided consultation to several news organizations and is an active member of NATAS/RTDNA’s Anchor & Producer Leadership Summit, certified to teach its Workplace Integrity curriculum developed by Freedom Forum Institute. In his career he has held positions encompassing local, regional and national broadcast journalism management; serving on the Advisory Board at KOMU 8 and being appointed as Board Advisor of University of North Texas respectively.
Steve Ackermann brings four decades of broadcast and digital journalism experience. Most recently he led the newsroom of KOMU 8 Mid Missouri’s NBC affiliate operated by University of Missouri Reynolds Journalism Institute.
He serves on the Professional Standards Committee for American Association of Broadcasters and as adjunct instructor at University of Cincinnati as well as being a guest lecturer for Columbia University, Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication Manship School and Viet Nam Television’s VT8.
Meg Ackermann and Dan Ackermann first lived in Dallas during the late 1990s before moving back to North Texas in 2014. Their two children reside in separate states: Daniel resides with his wife in Winston-Salem, NC; while Elizabeth resides in Plano with her partner.
Achievement and Honors
Ackermann is well known for his research into terrorist threat assessment and motivations of people using chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons. He has provided testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security on this topic.
He is widely known for giving talks on the conditions surrounding the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior. He has given numerous presentations at synagogues across California.
Ackermann draws inspiration for his designs from various cultures he has explored during his travels, which are evident in his fashion line. Elegant yet sophisticated clothing from Ackermann features Giacometti-esque silhouettes which make women appear taller with longer torsos; his creations even made the cover of Vogue Magazine where Lady Gaga donned one.
Personal Life for Ackermann includes marriage and three children. His hobbies include gardening and hiking. Ackermann also is an avid follower of baseball – having played both minor league and major league baseball himself!
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