Kate Sweeney

Kate Sweeney

Kate Sweeney

Assistant Professor

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. 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. 

Almost 20 years ago, Kate launched her professional career as a nonfiction media producer. As an Associate Producer at National Geographic Television & Film, she earned multiple producing credits for documentary projects that explored everything from groundbreaking 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 History, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Showtime, National Geographic, and Smithsonian Channel. 

Courses Taught

George Mason University: Introduction to Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, Writing Across the Media. 

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


M.S., Science Journalism, Boston University 

B.A., Anthropology, Colorado College