Meet Our Team
Executive Director – Heather Bricca
Heather Bricca is a Meteorology major from Couer d’Alene, Idaho. Ever since the age of 5 she has had a huge passion for Weather. She has always wanted to be a Broadcast Meteorologist after watching her favorite news station at home everyday. Ever since then she has always gone with the “Heather with the Weather” slogan whenever anyone asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her passion for weather shows through with the work she does for VUTV.
News Director – Natalie Vernon
Natalie Vernon is a sophomore Meteorology major from LaCrosse, Indiana. Growing up, Natalie always loved watching the weather, and watching the television. In coming to campus, she joined VUTV and has loved helping everyone there. She also sews in the costume shop for the theater department and is involved in VEMO (Valpo Emergency Management Organization), VUSIT (Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team), and the Valparaiso University branch of AMS (American Meteorology Society).
Assistant News Director – Laura Muther
Laura Muther is a junior history major and sociology minor from Edwardsville, Illinois. She is grateful for the opportunity to assist in assembling the news, or history’s first draft, each week. In addition, she is also looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about telling stories through multimedia formats. Other on-campus involvements include being faith and reflections chair for SALT (Social Action Leadership Team), a member of The Lighter’s selection committee, and editing recordings as a sound technician for the Chapel of the Resurrection.
Weather Director – Blake Harms
Blake Harms is a junior Meteorology major from Hudsonville, Michigan. Blake has always had a passion for watching the skies, as well as the broadcast industry. Most recently, Blake interned at WLNS-TV in Lansing, Michigan to learn more about the industry. While weather is his true passion, he also can be seen anchoring 15 News at 5 from time to time.
Assistant Weather Director – Nick Rutkowski
Sports Director – Vacant
Productions Director – Sophie Hecht
Sophie Hecht is a junior Digital Media major from McHenry, Illinois. Though Sophie always enjoyed television, her passion grew as she spent more time with VUTV. She loves working with a team, making people laugh, taking pictures of her friends, and loves the creative process. After she graduates, Sophie looks forward in exploring her passion for television production.
Programming Director – Tiana Augustus
Video Editing Director – Brennen Wilson
Hello, my name is Brennen Wilson. I am a Senior Digital Media Communications major. I am passionate about documenting injustices or subdued truths in order to normalize them and create awareness for the positive benefit for our future generations across the globe. I am also skilled in computer and website programming and creative design. I prefer writing over public speaking. I see writing and video production as two of the best ways to express myself. I am grateful of the privilege to be able to go to Valparaiso and be apart of the television production team here on campus. It is a wonderful little community we have at VUTV and in the Communications department. I am looking forward for a great Senior year!
Advertising Director – Vacant
Digital Director – Collin Luft
Collin Luft is a Senior Computer Engineering student from St. Louis, Missouri. He is the Executive Producer and Host of VUTV’s SPARKED! and 15 in the Morning. In addition to VUTV, Collin spends his free time working on designing autonomous growing systems and has worked as a Product Development Engineer. He is the Head Coach of the 2-time National Champion Valpo Robotics Football team.
Faculty Adviser – Ron Blatz
Ron Blatz joined Valparaiso University in the fall of 2014 as the Temporary VUTV Advisor and Studio Manager. Ron became the Permanent Faculty Advisor for VUTV and Studio Manager in 2015 on a part time basis. In October 2016, Ron was promoted to Faculty Advisor for VUTV, Studio Manager and HLN/ESPN Broadcast Coordinator. In September 2017 Ron accepted a promotion to full time with Valparaiso University with the title of Faculty Advisor for VUTV, Studio Manager and Broadcast & Streaming Manager.
In Ron’s broadcasting career he has worked for a number of TV stations throughout the Midwest including, WEHT, WNDU and WYIN, just to name a few. Ron has worked as a director/producer, master control operator and supervisor, floor director, camera operator and all production positions in-between.
Ron resides in Valparaiso with his wife, of over 15 years, Tami and their fur babies Bella and Willow. In his off time Ron likes fishing, attending NASCAR races, and spending time with his family and friends. Ron and Tami also own their own DJ Service, Music-N-Motion Mobile DJ Service.