John Sharify lives and breathes storytelling and is grateful to those willing to share their stories. He is currently a Special Projects reporter for KING 5 News. One of the most honored broadcast journalists in the country, Sharify is a 59 time Emmy award winner. He has also been honored with eight National Edward R. Murrow awards, including three National Murrows for Writing.
In 2015, Sharify was selected as the 2015 National Press Photographer Association (NPPA) Reporter of the Year for his work at KING 5 News. He was runner up in 2013.
In addition to his work at KING, John helps run two cable television stations in Seattle. He is the General Manager of Seattle Community Colleges Television (SCCTV) and Seattle Community Media, the city’s public access station. Sharify’s passion for storytelling has taken him around the world as he presents workshops in newsrooms on the craft of video storytelling. His 2010 documentary about the holocaust, “The Boys of Terezin,” has been shown in film festivals in Sydney, Melbourne, Toronto, West Palm, Miami, New Jersey and Seattle.
Sharify is a proud graduate of Princeton University. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in film directing from Columbia University. Sharify is honored to have presented a Ted Talk in 2012 about his National Murrow award winning documentary called “Climb of a Lifetime.”