Local Television Icon Doug McConnell Welcomed at OLLI

OLLI In Dialogue - Television Journalism with Purpose: A Conversation with Doug McConnell.

Monday, January 6, 1:30-3:30

Doug McConnell will take us on the “Backroads” of his 50-year career in television and with nature, history and environmental issues.

Doug is perhaps best known as the host of “Bay Area Backroads”, the longest-running television series in Bay Area broadcast history.  Doug has been the creator, producer and host of many series, special programs, and news projects for local, national and international distribution. He has won multiple Emmys and the prestigious Harold Gilliam award for environmental reporting in Northern California.  He can currently be seen Sunday evenings on NBC Bay Area on “OpenRoad with Doug McConnell” which he created, produces and hosts.


Join OLLI member Rosemary Cameron, a friend and colleague of Doug’s, for the last 20 years, as they discuss the evolution of Doug’s media career and how he has adapted it to the changing television media landscape over the years. Learn what it takes to get a locally produced series on network television today, hear some of his favorite, comical and perhaps scary stories from filming segments for his shows and who and what inspires and motivates him today after broadcasting news and insights on the outdoor world for half a century. And, tap into Doug’s encyclopedic knowledge of great outdoor adventures in the Bay Area and the West as well as worldwide to learn his favorite places to visit and tips on travel near and far for yourself.