Cindy Hutter Cavellccavell@cavellmertz.com
Cindy Hutter Cavell has been working with Cavell Mertz since 2007, with a specialty in television station workflow, facility planning and due diligence.
She spent 15 years at ABC News and worked as a field Technical Manager on numerous presidential trips during the Reagan and Bush, Sr. administrations. Her job typically involved building remote broadcast facilities “from scratch” in countries all over the world. She was ultimately promoted to Director of Operations for the ABC Washington Bureau.
More noted adventures at ABC included running microwave links in the Himalayas for a combined ABC/CBC live broadcast of the scaling of Mt. Everest, working 3 separate Olympic Games (Sarajevo, Los Angeles, and Calgary) and functioning as the on-site pool Technical Manager for the Schwarzkopf military briefings in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
Cindy left ABC in 1993 and served as Engineering Director for television stations owned by Hearst Argyle, Gannett and Fox. She specialized in streamlining workflow, completely designed and supervised the rebuilding of entire stations, technical plants, DTV facilities, control rooms, newsrooms and news studios.
In 2000, she became Vice President/General Manager of Fox Sports Net’s Houston Technical Operations Center. This $40M a year facility employs more than 300 people and airs program streams out of more than 26 fully-automated control rooms. During her tenure, she organized and implemented technical and process-flow automation resulting in a $5M annual savings, and allowed the facility to add 6 new program streams without adding any more personnel.
In 2004, she returned to the Washington DC area and used her broadcast skills in the wireless telecom field. As Director, Broadcast Engineering for Sprint Communications, she provided broadcast “industry expertise” and perspective, and was responsible for all broadcast technical aspects of the multi-billion dollar 2GHz (BAS) Relocation Program.Over the years Cindy has won two Emmy Awards for Technical Innovation and is the recipient of the AWRT/SBE 2007 Outstanding Female Broadcast Engineer award. Cindy possesses a Bachelor of Science degree for the University of Kansas.
Updated September 14, 2010