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Hector Galán
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Austin, Texas
Hector Galan


Nationally recognized documentarian Hector Galán has been involved in television for over twenty years. Starting out as a camera operator in his hometown of San Angelo, Texas, he has since been involved in every aspect of television production, now contributing programs to national networks.

A promotion to directing news at an NBC affiliate in Lubbock, Texas in 1975 would mark the beginning of his interest in news and public affairs. From news, he moved to Public Television where he began producing and directing public affairs and cultural programming. He entered into national documentary programming in 1980 when he became senior producer for the nationally acclaimed CHECKING IT OUT series, a documentary newsmagazine for Hispanic teenagers. Galán also completed a half-hour documentary, "The End of the Race", about the Pueblo Indian cross-country runners of New Mexico. In 1992, while at Warner-Amex in Dallas, Galán was instrumental in producing "Qube" interactive cable programming. This was followed by his selection as a staff producer for the award-winning, provocative FRONTLINE series at WGBH-TV, Boston, a forum for news and public affairs programming.

Since reaching the national level, he has worked non-stop producing and directing a variety of long-form documentaries and specials, earning him awards from The American Film and Video Festival, National Educational Film and Video Festival, the New York International Film Festival and many others.

In 1996, Galán was invited to a private screening of his four-part PBS series CHICANO! at the White House for President Clinton. In 1997, he received the Most Outstanding Alumni Award from Texas Tech University.


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