Mark (’01) and Michelle (Myers) Jahnke (’03): Award-winning broadcasting director and producer
June 25, 2010
Their shared story began at an audition for Evangel television. Michelle Myers just thought it might be fun. She did not realize at the time that not only had she found her future career path but also her future husband, Mark Jahnke.
Both Mark ’01 and Michelle ’03 actively live out their faith in their highly competitive work field, and their successes have earned them both an Outstanding Young Alumnus Award for 2010.
After graduating with degrees in Broadcasting, the Jahnkes moved to Chicago where Mark had accepted a position as systems engineer with the Total Living Network. His excellent work was soon recognized with a promotion, followed by offers from PBS, ABC and AnswersMedia. Mark accepted the AnswersMedia position as chief engineer, with only five years of professional experience under his belt — a true blessing from the Lord and testament of the training he received while at Evangel.
One year later, Mark accepted the position as director of engineering at WYCC, Chicago’s award-winning PBS station.
Michelle’s story is equally noteworthy. She began her career with an internship at KSPR-TV (ABC) in Springfield. In Chicago, she landed a job as floor director for the Total Living Network (TLN). Keeping that position, she now also serves as producer at Life Focus Productions, which airs on PBS.
In November 2009, Michelle won an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as producer of the magazine-style program, Life-Focus, for the episode, “A New Kind of Normal.”
Mark and Michelle credit their success to the Lord and never fail to mention Evangel as the equipping grounds for their success.