A Tech Fellowship From Hearst Honors Retired Top Engineer


As Hearst Television sees it, it’s a time of “profound technological evolution” for television broadcasting. As such, the free-to-air station owner has created a fellowship program designed to recruit young engineering and IT talent to the industry.

And, Hearst is doing so in honor of a longtime top engineering executive.

Introducing the Marty Faubell Broadcast Technology Fellowship, named for the man who retired from Hearst Television in 2020 after serving the company for more than three decades, most recently as VP of Engineering.

“Marty spent a great deal of his career focused on the development and growth of future talent in the technology arena of our business,” Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb said. “We are pleased and proud to honor him with the creation of this program, which was developed to help ensure a bright future for emerging generations of technology leaders in our company and the industry by applying the type of mentorship Marty provided so many for nearly four decades.”

Stefan Hadl, Faubell’s successor as Hearst Television’s VP of Engineering, commented, “Marty has been my mentor, colleague and friend for many years. I cannot think of a better way to honor all his accomplishments and contributions to our industry. Television engineers and IT professionals touch every aspect of the field and are blazing trails in the use of CTV, OTT, VOIP and other developments, and hold in their hands a world of possibilities thanks to the latest technology enabling us to deliver what is known as NextGen TV. There couldn’t be a better time for young people to enter the field, and for us to usher them into the industry via a program named for Marty.”

The fellowship will begin in fall 2022 and is designed to expose students and recruits to and actively engage them in all aspects of television production, with emphasis on engineering, IT, and the role of these disciplines within a live broadcast facility. The program will culminate in a 10-week period of active, hands-on experience within broadcast operations, engineering and IT maintenance and support, electronic newsgathering (ENG), production, and broadcast transmission, among other skills and activities.

More details about the Fellowship can be found here.

Faubell was Hearst Television’s VP of Engineering from 1997 to 2020. Previously, he was Director of Engineering for Hearst’s WTAE-4 in Pittsburgh, where he supervised the introduction of advancements including robotic cameras, satellite newsgathering resources and digital editing. Before that, he was assistant chief engineer at WPIX-11 in New York.