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Who Made 'Breaking Bad' So Good?

USF communications alumna did

12-20-2013
Breaking Bad

USF's Gennifer Hutchison '98 was nominated for a Writer's Guild Award for her work on the popular television series "Breaking Bad." Photo by Ben Leuner, AMC

Gennifer Hutchison ’98 was a "Breaking Bad" writer whose very first episode was nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award. Each week, she kept millions of viewers on the edge of their seats, awaiting the fates of high school chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin Walter White and his partner-in-crime, Jesse Pinkman. 

Unfamiliar world

Delving into an unfamiliar world and making it emotionally real wasn’t easy for the onetime College Player. But Hutchison had help—books, DEA consultants, and USF.

“My USF education opened my mind a lot and made me less fearful,” says Hutchison, who earned a degree in communications. “I always try to take that with me into the writing room.” 

Inside the writers' room

Hutchison talks about life inside the "Breaking Bad" writing room and what’s next now that the show is over in the latest issue of USF Magazine.

Written by Monica Villavicencio »email usfnews@usfca.edu | Twitter @usfcanews