FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2011
Betsy Robertson, 206.448.5555
Community Relations Manager
Seattle, WA – The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) recently announced the selection of KING 5 photojournalist Ken Jones as an inductee into their society of honor – the Silver Circle.
Honoring media professionals with at least 25 years of service in a performing, journalistic, creative, technical, educational or administrative role in the industry, the Silver Circle selects individuals who have made significant contributions to the NATAS Northwest Chapter. Ken Jones will be inducted at the 2011 Northwest Emmy Awards on Saturday, June 11th at Snoqualmie Casino.
“Ken is a humble man and often says how lucky he is to be able to shoot the stories of the Northwest and around the world for KING 5,” said Pat Costello, Senior Vice President and Station Manager for KING 5, KONG 6/16, and NWCN. “I’d like to say how grateful and fortunate we are to have Ken Jones on our team. He’s an outstanding photographer and we’re very proud that NATAS is inducting him into the Silver Circle.”
The NATAS announcement for 2011 Silver Circle states “while most photographers go out every day to shoot breaking news, Ken leaves the station to make a movie…...he is known throughout the region as the consummate ‘get the shot’ photographer.”
A Seattle native and UW grad, Ken Jones was still in college when he saw KING 5 reporter Don McGaffin on campus one day working on a story. That chance meeting with McGaffin sparked an interest in journalism. He wanted to be involved because “telling people what’s going on in the world is important”, said Jones.
In April of 1973, as the Watergate scandal was making headlines, Ken left a lucrative stint in real estate and began working at KING 5 as a night editor, alongside reporters Charles Royer, Julie Blacklow and Don McGaffin, all of whom Jones says, “were making a difference in Seattle.” “I knew this is what I was meant to do”.
“I’m one of 28 news photographers at KING 5 and I go wherever the stories of the day take me”, said Jones. “The key is having a positive attitude. I’m very fortunate to do something I love to do, working with so many talented people.”
Jones has earned his reputation for capturing the shot with his work locally, nationally and internationally.
In Seattle in 1985, he made a split-second decision to turn the camera towards witnesses when a deadly accident resulted in a performer’s death. A rope suspending a Japanese dancer from a tall building broke and Ken documented the horror of that moment by capturing the faces of the audience. The Poynter Institute still uses that story as an example for journalism students to show good judgment in sensitive situations.
Twice in 1996, Ken’s quick response to breaking news resulted in him providing the first national images. In Montana in April, he was at the arrest of Ted Kaczynski, known as the Unabomber and later that year, he was the first photographer to provide video from the scene of the deadly bomb blast at the Atlanta Summer Olympic games. And in South Korea in 1987 he was providing video to NBC News of students rioting and soldiers responding with tear gas.
Last month, for the second time in his career at KING 5, Ken was again part of the team of photographers recognized as the best in the nation by the National Press Photographers Association. The NPPA named KING 5 News as the large market Station of the Year.
Previous Silver Circle recipients having a close kinship to Ken Jones include Greg Palmer (2009 induction), Jean Enersen (1994 induction), and Phil Sturholm (1993 induction), who convinced Ken to come to work for KING 5 in 1973.
For more information on the NATAS Silver Circle and honored recipients over the years, go to natasnw.org.
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