Pam Harris Hackett


Broadcast Executive-in-Residence



Pam Harris Hackett grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. She is a veteran journalist who has more than 24 years of experience in the television industry. Harris Hackett is the broadcast executive-in-residence in the Division of Journalism at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. From 2006 to 2014, she was an adjunct professor in broadcast and print classes at SMU. She is also a freelance field producer for the nationally syndicated television show Inside Edition, and has co-produced parts of The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team, an eight-part series on Country Music Television (CMT). She is a former reporter at KTVT-CBS11, NBC5 and WFAA/Texas Cable News.

Harris Hackett began her career at KTVT-TV in 1987 in Fort Worth. Two years later she moved to Waco, Texas, to anchor the 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. newscasts at ABC affiliate KXXV-TV. She covered national stories in Waco, including the Branch Davidian standoff and the Luby’s massacre.

In 1996, she returned to the Dallas/Fort Worth television market to anchor and report at KXAS-TV/NBC 5. She covered the education beat and broke the biggest story to come out of the Dallas Independent School District, exposing the superintendent who was embezzling from the DISD. She has also worked at WFAA-TV and CBS 11 KTVT as a freelance reporter, and as an anchor at Texas Cable News (TXCN). For three years, she assisted students at the Academy of Media Arts and Technology at R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton, Texas, where she co-hosted and produced a monthly television show with Academy students.

Harris Hackett has assisted Southwest Airlines with its media training, preparing Southwest employees to become more comfortable in communicating with the media. She has also assisted and coached other companies in how to “deal with the media.”

Her honors include the 2013-2014 SMU Rotunda yearbook Outstanding Professor of the Year award; 19 Texas Public Relations Association awards; two Texas School Bell awards; the American Cancer Society’s Texas Media Award; the Arthritis Foundation Journalism Award; and the Texas Medical Association Anson Jones, MD, Award. She also was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate at Southwest High School in Fort Worth.

Harris Hackett received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from The University of Texas at Austin and is a life member of the Texas Exes Alumni Association. She was a board member for the American Cancer Society and the Arthritis Foundation. She is also an alumna of the Delta Gamma sorority and a former Junior League member. Harris Hackett and her husband Steve live in Dallas and also have a home in southwest Colorado.

In her spare time she enjoys working out and ‘spinning’.  She also enjoys the outdoors… hiking, cycling and spending time with her dogs.

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Bachelor of Science in Communications, The University of Texas at Austin

Recent Work

Professional Experience
Broadcast Reporter, CBS 11 KTVT

Faculty mentor, SMU-TV and Daily Update

Course list

Basic Audio and Video Production CCJN 2304
Broadcast 1 CCJN 3385
Pam Harris Hackett