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Deputy Director Tony Brooks
Tony Brooks is the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) deputy director. He has been with the network since 2001, having previously served as a volunteer member of the AETN Commission.
As deputy director, Brooks oversees the day-to-day operations of the network. He also has a keen interest in history, political science and Arkansas outdoors which has helped him broaden AETN's scope of services to Arkansas. With that focus, Brooks helped develop and serves as host of the award-winning "Agri Arkansas," a monthly series that celebrates agriculture in Arkasas and features experts, innovators and challenges all present in the state's largest industry. The series was nominated in 2015 for a Regional Emmy award for Outstanding Interview/Discussion program by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Brooks is also an educator at heart. He taught United States Government as a graduate assistant at Arkansas State University and was a high school teacher for 9 years with Paragould Public Schools. He served as adjunct faculty at the Bootheel Education Center of Southeast Missouri State University, where he taught government and U.S. History. In addition to his full time role at AETN, Brooks is currently an adjunct professor of communications at the University of Central Arkansas, where he teaches senior level courses in broadcast journalism production and electronic media applications. He also serves as an advisor for the student-produced evening newscasts for UCA's local cable access channel.
Brooks spent more than 16 years at KAIT-8 television, the ABC affiliate in Jonesboro, Arkansas, working as a field reporter, photographer, chief news anchor for the two evening newscasts and managing editor. During those years, he became an award-winning television journalist, receiving recognition for his work in documentaries and news reporting. He was also a former legislative aide to Missouri Eighth District Congressman Bill Emerson.
Brooks earned his Associate of Arts from Mississippi County Community College, followed by his Bachelor of Science in Education in History and Political Science and Master of Arts in Public Personnel Administration from Arkansas State University. In 1997, Brooks was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by the Arkansas Association of Two-year Colleges.
At home in Conway, Brooks is the proud father of two daughters and even prouder grandfather of two grandchildren. He is also an avid outdoorsman who loves to fish, hunt and spend time with nature.Tony Brooks