Aaron Chimbel

Aaron Chimbel

Professional Background

Aaron Chimbel is dean of the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University. Prior to St. Bonaventure, Chimbel taught journalism at Texas Christian University, his alma mater, for 9 years. Chimbel has taught a wide variety of journalism classes and focuses on the industry shift to digital delivery of news, as well as broadcast journalism.

His academic writing has been featured in the Online Journalism Review, Newspaper Research Journal, Convergence Newsletter, MediaShift, Journal of Social Media in Society, Electronic News, Journal of Media Education and College Media Review, among others. He is also the author of Introduction to Journalism and the editor of "Why I'm a Journalist: Personal Stories from Those Who Cover the News."

Before his career in higher education, Chimbel worked at WFAA-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth. He was hired as likely the first person at any local television station to produce original video content for the Web as the “MoJo” or mobile journalist for wfaa.com.

While at WFAA, Chimbel’s work was recognized by a variety of major organizations including the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Radio-TV News Directors Association, the National Press Photographers Association and the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters. He won five Advanced Media Emmy Awards and was part of the WFAA team that was awarded a prestigious national Edward R. Murrow Award.

Chimbel was also a reporter for KWTX-TV (Waco-Temple-Killeen, Texas) and a producer at Texas Cable News. He has also produced two documentaries: “Soldier of God” chronicled the religious anti-war movement leading up to the 2003 war in Iraq and “Learning the Language” was an innovative Web-based project examining Dallas’ largest ESL-only program.

Chimbel graduated from TCU in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. He earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and taught part-time at TCU and Central Texas College in Killeen.

Academic Credentials

  • M.S., Journalism, Broadcast Concentration, Columbia University, 2003
  • B.S., Broadcast Journalism, Texas Christian University, 2002