Huntington turns out first Digital Media Arts’ graduate

Matthew Torres-Gomez, a Glendale native, is the first graduate of Huntington University’s Arizona Center for Digital Media Arts. [Submitted photo]

Glendale native already contributing in industry

Matthew Torres-Gomez is Huntington University’s Arizona Center for Digital Media Arts’ first ever graduate.

Mr. Torres-Gomez, a Glendale native, was among the first 16 degree-seeking students enrolled in the center’s inaugural semester in the fall of 2016 on the Peoria campus, 8385 W. Mariners Way. He spent a total of five semesters at HU Arizona, fewer than a traditional student, because he arrived with an associate of arts degree already in hand.

The pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in film production and broadcast media at Huntington University Arizona brought Mr. Torres-Gomez a variety of practical experiences that would strengthen his professional skills and talent for filmmaking. His “pioneer spirit” – a term coined for this class of students by director of Arizona operations Jeff Berggren – made the most of the opportunities HU Arizona provided, and his student work garnered both regional and national awards. In 2018 alone, he was nominated for three Student Production Awards, part of the Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards competition, and he won the award for College Music Video.

One foundational aspect of Mr. Torres-Gomez’s HU education was internships. He completed work for Major League Baseball during spring training at the Peoria Sports Complex, located across the street from HU Arizona, and for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“It has truly been a dream of a lifetime to work in sports broadcasting with the Diamondbacks and learn hands on from the professionals who do this for a living,” Mr. Torres-Gomez stated.

Mr. Torres-Gomez’s final internship, a spot at AZ 3TV/CBS 5 in Phoenix during his last semester, led to a career opportunity after graduation. At AZ 3TV, Mr. Torres-Gomez is currently working full-time for the largest broadcast news operation in the state.

Earlier this year, the Board of Trustees and HU Arizona recognized Mr. Torres-Gomez as the first Peoria graduate at a student project showcase during the annual Board Retreat, which took place in Peoria.



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