Glenn Østen Anderson is an award-winning documentarian/journalist and media production professor. Glenn most recently worked as an Assistant Professor of Media and Communications at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. During his time at Shenandoah, he helped produce the Netflix-released comedy film Santa Girl that was shot on the campus.
Before starting his academic career, Glenn served as a Senior Producer for Social News and Streaming Video at BBC News. While at the BBC, Glenn helped launch the BBC News YouTube channel — which now has more than 8 million subscribers.
Over his nearly twenty year career in media production, his work has been featured by broadcasters, publications and organizations including Military.com, CBS College Sports (CSTV), The Guardian (UK), Runner's World, HBO Real Sports, Fox Sports Net, YES Network, US Department of Energy, US Department of State and in branded content projects for Strategic Education, Motown-Universal, Nike and New Balance.
Over the past three years, Glenn has been working on his first feature-length documentary in which he is chronicling the story of Coogan's Bar and Restaurant in New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood. The film is set to be released in late 2020.
Where are you originally from?
Northport, Long Island, New York and Valencia, Spain
What college did you attend?
University of Pennsylvania (BA), University of Oxford (MSt), New York University (MFA)
How did you come to work for CUA, and what is your position with the school?
As a working documentarian/journalist, I was an adjunct at JMU in Harrisonburg, VA. I then went to a Tenure-Track position at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. I came here because of CUA's commitment to teaching documentary film and the chance to do that in DC, one of the global centers of that industry was just too great of an opportunity to pass up.
What are some things you enjoy most/miss about the CUA community/students?
There is a palpable kindness to our student population that I have not seen in a lot of other places. I can't wait to be back on our beautiful campus and help our students create amazing films about the world in which we live.