Kate Sweeney

Kate Sweeney

Kate Sweeney


Journalism, nonfiction media production

Kate Sweeney is the Journalism Program Coordinator in the Department of Communication. She holds an M.S. in Science Journalism from Boston University, and a B.A. in Anthropology from Colorado College. 

Kate launched her professional career as a nonfiction media producer. 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 creative 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 productions 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 George Mason University in 2018, Kate taught film and journalism courses at Asbury University, and communication courses at the University of Kentucky. 

Courses Taught

George Mason University: Introduction to Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, Writing Across the Media, Multimedia Journalism, Journalism Law, HNRS 131 Contemporary Social Issues: Truth, Trust, News & Society, HNRS 260 Society & Community Engagement: Reimagining the News 

Previous Institutions: Writing for Visual Media, Media and Society, Video Journalism, Digital Field Production, Composition & Communication.  


M.S., Science Journalism, Boston University 

B.A., Anthropology, Colorado College