Emmy Winner and Alumnus, Mike Henneberger Returns to the Island University

Published: October 14, 2013

Emmy Winner and Alumnus, Mike Henneberger Returns to the Island University

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Mike Henneberger, Emmy winner for “Outstanding Interactive Program” and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Alumnus was on campus Thursday, Oct. 10. A graduate of the Department of Communication and Media, Henneberger shared his story of success with Dr. Ethan Thompson’s Television Criticism class and Dr. David Gurney’s Film Art class.

“Whenever I do something I always want to be the best at it,” said Henneberger. “It has always been a goal of mine to win an Oscar for film and an Emmy for T.V.”

The Kingsville native and Digital Production Coordinator on the Comedy Central Digital Media production team won an Emmy for his work on Comedy Central’s “Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs.” The show benefits programs across the country in support of individuals with autism that need quality services. The production has now received two Emmys and seven nominations for its multi-platform content.

The 2012 Alumnus gave advice to students on how he made his goals into a reality. While Henneberger was a student, he said he took advantage of any opportunities he could find and honed his skills. He served as a reporter and Entertainment Editor for the on-campus newspaper, Island Waves, and won several awards for his work, and created “The Vent” magazine with the help of his brother.

“If there are no opportunities in your area, go out and find one, and when you do get an internship never think you are above working very hard,” said Henneberger.

 One of the main points he stressed to the students was to go out and chase your goals. Once you get into your field, work as hard as you can to succeed. He says hard work will eventually pay off and you will be recognized, or in his case win an Emmy.

“This is not a-nine-to-five job,” he said. “The week of the show I worked 91 hours and 12 days straight, but I love what I do.”