Brian Shactman '94 Earns Emmy Nomination

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Brian Shactman '94

AMHERST, Mass. – Former Amherst College men’s hockey player Brian Shactman ’94 is among this year’s nominees for the 33rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards, as announced by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).

A reporter for CNBC since 2007, Shactman and his colleagues have been nominated in the category of Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast. Their report, “Boomtown USA”—as part of CNBC’s Business Day Programming—told the story of Williston, N.D., where oil drilling has created an abundance of jobs and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. (Watch the report from Aug. 24, 2011.)

The News & Documentary Emmy® Awards will be presented on Monday, Oct. 1 at a ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall, located in the Time Warner Center in New York City. The event will be attended by more than 1,000 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists. A list of nominees is available on the National Television Academy's website.

Shactman graduated from Amherst in 1994 with a B.A. in English and History and would later earn a master’s degree in English Literature from Clark University. While at Amherst he was a member of the hockey team that won the 1992 ECAC championship, and he returned to campus as an assistant coach for the Lord Jeff squad that reclaimed the ECAC title in 1996. As a senior Shactman earned the Friends of Amherst Athletics Award, which recognizes a student who embodies the spirit of Amherst College Athletics.


Prior to joining CNBC in June 2007, Shactman worked at WVIT—an NBC owned-and-operated station in Hartford, Conn.—for four years, the last three of which he served as the morning news anchor for “NBC 30 News Today,” the station’s top-rated program. He began at CNBC as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for Business Day Programming, covering such stories as the fall of Bear Stearns, the Gulf oil spill, the North Dakota oil boom, and the iPhone launch.

Shactman also held various positions at ESPN in his early professional years, performing analyst work on ESPNews and SportsCenter while writing, editing and producing content for After leaving ESPN, Shactman remained active in the company and hosted a variety of national radio programs at ESPNRadio.

This is not the first time Shactman has been recognized for his outstanding work. In addition to receiving three regional Emmy nominations in 2002 for his sports anchoring and reporting, he won the Associated Press Award for a documentary on Hall of Fame Basketball coach Geno Auriemma in 2003.

Aside from his duties with CNBC, Shactman serves as president of the Friends of Amherst Athletics organization and is still very much involved with his alma mater. He is also involved in community service—volunteering for Junior Achievement, ALS and Connecticut’s mentoring program—and remains on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics.

Watch Brian’s Emmy-nominated report: Boomtown USA

Follow Brian Shactman on Twitter: @bshactman