Evangel Profile

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.

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