Southeast Alumnus Making His Mark on Daytime Television

Tucker Scott

Scott Tucker

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 2, 2015 — Southeast Missouri State University alumnus Scott Tucker of West Hollywood, California, spends his days bringing you the on-air promotions for ABC Daytime, working on “General Hospital” and “The Chew.” Scott is a two-time Daytime Emmy winner for Outstanding On-Air Promotion and a five-time Daytime Emmy nominee.

Scott is the creative director for ABC Daytime. He is currently directing a team of producers and editors to create all the on-air promotions for the two shows and to strategize the best way to implement the promotions on the network.

“I plan/direct all film shoots with the actors of ‘General Hospital’ and the hosts from ‘The Chew.’ My responsibilities range from creating the ‘General Hospital’ show opening credits, to daily topical teases and even shooting talent for local affiliate promotion.” He says, “I never take for granted the impact I have on the fans of ‘General Hospital’ and ‘The Chew.’ It’s quite the responsibility when you realize millions of Americans see your creativity every day.”

At Southeast, Scott earned a Bachelor of Science in communications, with a minor in journalism. He credits Southeast and the local television station for his success.

“I landed a job at KFVS12.  So I loved being able to broaden my mind and horizons academically, while also learning directly on the job at KFVS12,” Scott says, “I absolutely loved the exchange of ideas with fellow students.”

Scott says he chose Southeast because it was close to his hometown of McClure, Illinois. He credits Jim Burns of the KFVS12 “Breakfast Show” as well as his parents as influences in doing what he does.

“My time at KFVS helped define what I really wanted to do in life. During my eight years there, Jim Burns was the one that I really looked to, and he was one of my inspirations, helping me learn,” Scott says, “I grew up in a family that was big on values. My family was very supportive of my desire to do something more. I was always the adventurer, and my parents and family always stood behind me.”

His favorite memories at Southeast go right along with his current career.

“I really loved the hands-on experience I received in the TV Production area as well as DJ-ing at KRCU radio.  We were allowed to really experiment on a daily basis,” he says.

In his free time, Scott can be found running.

“I am a retired marathon runner.  I think running helps me alleviate tons of stress! What I love is creating mini-movie trailers for television that move viewers to tune-in.  I love connecting with them in an emotional way,” he says.

To Southeast students he offers this advice:

“My main advice for students is to get an internship in the field you love. Many internships evolve into part-time or full-time jobs. Absorb everything single thing. Ask questions, be eager and professional. You want to make a splash.  Find that person in the organization that has a positive attitude, has ideas and they’ll share their expertise. In my experience, managers and co-workers are more than willing to help and give advice if you’re open to it,” he says.