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John Sharify

Special Projects Reporter

John Sharify has been a Special Projects reporter for KING 5 News since the summer of 2009. He is thrilled to be part of the Home Team contributing stories about our community for KING 5's newscasts.

In the spring of 2013, John was selected as the runner up for NPPA’s Reporter of the Year, the National Press Photographer’s Association ‘s photojournalism award for reporters. In 2012, he received the National Murrow award for his KING 5 documentary “Climb of a Lifetime”, which chronicled the lives of homeless men training to climb Mt. Rainier. John presented a Ted Talk at TedxRainier about the climb. He was also one of four journalists recently selected from across the country to participate in a discussion about media coverage of poverty. NBC Nightly News anchor and managing editor Brian Williams moderated the discussion at the Newseum in Washington D.C.

John Sharify is a fifty-three time Emmy award recipient; twenty of those Emmys for his work at KING 5 News. He has also been honored with eight National Edward R. Murrow awards including the 2008, 2007, and 2004 National Murrow award for Writing, which honors the top broadcast news writer in the country.

John started his reporting career in New York City at WPIX-TV more than thirty years ago. In 1989 he headed west, where he was privileged to deliver his signature stories for KOMO 4 News in Seattle for the next eighteen years.

When John isn’t producing stories for KING, he’s helping run two television stations in Seattle: Seattle Community Colleges Television ( SCCTV) and Seattle Community Media, the city’s public access station. He's the General Manager of those stations.

John has served as President of the Northwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences from 2006-2010, and Vice President of NATAS from 2004-2006. He is a proud graduate of Princeton University and has a Master of Fine Arts degree in film directing from Columbia University. He’s been getting back to his film roots recently. John wrote and directed a documentary film about the holocaust “The Boys of Terezin” in 2010. It’s been shown in film festivals in cities all over the world, including Sydney, Melbourne, Toronto, West Palm, Miami, New Brunswick, and Seattle.
Of all the stories John Sharify has written, he says his favorite appears on King5.com. It’s about his son Perry, who competed as a breaststroker in the 2012 Olympic Trials.