The Media School at Indiana University will name a television studio in renovated Franklin Hall on the Bloomington campus for former Indianapolis broadcaster Ken Beckley and his wife, Audrey.
The Beckleys, both alumni of IU, donated $250,0000 to support the studio in Franklin Hall, which will become the media school’s home this summer, IU officials announced Tuesday.
The Ken and Audrey Beckley Studio will serve as a facility for TV broadcast news classes and production workshops, as well as for IUSTV, the student-run television station, for coverage of basketball and football.
“This gift comes at an opportune time for us to amplify what we do in the area of television and video production,” said James Shanahan, dean of The Media School. “We’re grateful to the Beckleys for stepping in to help us make our facilities as excellent as they can be, both technologically and in terms of the expanded role our studio facilities can play in our new curricula.”
Ken Beckley graduated in in 1962 with a degree in telecommunications. He spent 14 years as a TV news reporter and anchor in Terre Haute, Asheville, North Carolina, and Indianapolis before spending 20 years as a senior executive and spokesman for electronics retailer HHGregg.
Audrey Beckley graduated in 1964 and worked for almost 30 years as a medical technologist. She received the Indiana University Alumni Association’s Gertrude Rich Award in 2007 for volunteer service.