Assistant Dean for External Affairs and Outreach, SMU
Yolette García joined SMU's Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development in 2008 as Assistant Dean for External Affairs and Outreach. She's responsible for identifying and prioritizing community partnerships and projects for the School. She also develops strategies for communications and promotion. Additionally, she teaches media as an adjunct in the Master of Liberal Studies program at SMU.
García comes to her position as a veteran public broadcasting journalist and manager for KERA television and radio, the North Texas public broadcasting station. She served the public broadcasting organization in various capacities for 25 years, including serving as executive producer for KERA and KDTN television, and as an assistant station manager and news director for KERA radio.
She supervised joint Radio and TV journalism projects for local and national broadcast. Aside from providing editorial guidance, she oversaw much of KERA's broadcast outreach, conducted with community partners through town halls, focus groups and screenings.
García is a co-recipient of a 1994 national Emmy Award for "After Goodbye: An AIDS Story," a documentary broadcast nationally on PBS, and a 2006 Lone Star Emmy for "In the American West: Photographs of Richard Avedon, A Twentieth Anniversary Special." In 2002 she was honored by the Press Club of Dallas with the Buck Marryat Award, given for career excellence in journalism.
In addition, she is a three-time winner of KERA's Peter Baldwin Award, given to the employee who has used the greatest initiative to advance the goals and objectives of the organization. She currently serves on North Texas Public Broadcasting's Board of Directors and on the Catholic Charities of Dallas Advisory Board. She also is a member of Town and Gown at SMU.