Alumni
Alumni of the Year

Jerry Cadigan - Class of 1969

Jerry Cadigan is a proud member of the Bishop Lynch Class of 1969. His connection to the BL community extends back beyond his four years as a Bishop Lynch student. Jerry was a member of the St Pius X eighth grade that attended class on the BL campus from 1964-1965. After graduating from Bishop Lynch, Jerry attended SMU and majored in television production. He graduated with honors earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1973.
 
Upon graduating SMU, Jerry began a summer internship at WFAA-TV, Channel 8, in Dallas, which turned into a full-time job when he ‘saved the day’ on a live broadcast with his newly learned skills. Over the years, he has held virtually every production position available within the station including camera operator, lighting director, producer and director. During his tenure, he has directed numerous productions such as music concerts, political debates, and commercials, as well as countless breaking news and weather events to name a few. Jerry directed the evening newscasts at WFAA for more than twenty years and was the director and a puppeteer on the long-running Mr. Peppermint children’s program. He is currently the Production Operations Manager at WFAA and is responsible for most of the “behind the camera” operations at the station.

Jerry has received numerous awards and recognitions during his time at WFAA which includes more than 20 regional Emmy awards, 12 Press Club of Dallas Katie Awards, and the coveted national Edward R Murrow Award for a program he edited about the War in Iraq. He is a WFAA Employee of the Year recipient and in 2008 was presented the William H Seay Award by the Belo Corporation. In 2019, Jerry was inducted into the Silver Circle of the Lone Star Emmy Chapter in recognition of his lifetime contributions to Texas television.

Jerry is the proud father of two outstanding Bishop Lynch graduates: Kathleen ’08 and Trevor ’10. He is a member of the Bishop Lynch Alumni Association and served on BL School Board (as it was known then) from 2006-2012. During his tenure on the Board, he played a significant part in the decision to convert the field at Roffino Stadium to artificial turf. In 2018, he and his family established the Trevor N. Cadigan Memorial Scholarship in Digital and Broadcast Journalism which seeks to identify, encourage, and support students interested in careers in journalism.

As both student and parent, Jerry has a deep, personal commitment to the mission of Bishop Lynch High School and the love and support of the BL community continue to be a pivotal part of Jerry’s life.

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Faithful to Catholic Tradition and to our Dominican heritage of scholarship and service, Bishop Lynch High School promotes the development of the total person by bringing together a diverse community in a rigorous, college preparatory environment where students are taught to strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world. - Founded in 1963