John Sharify is currently a Special Projects reporter for KING 5.
He lives and breathes storytelling and is grateful to those willing to share their stories. One of the most honored broadcast journalists in the country, Sharify is a 72-time Emmy Award winner. He has also been honored with eight National Edward R. Murrow Awards, including three national Murrow Awards for writing.
In June 2018, Sharify was inducted into the Silver Circle by the Northwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The honor goes to individuals who’ve made significant contributions to the broadcast industry.
Sharify was selected as the 2015 National Press Photographer Association (NPPA) Reporter of the Year - in the country - for his work at KING 5. He was runner up Reporter of the Year in 2013 and 2017.
Sharify started his career in broadcast journalism in New York City where he worked as a reporter at WPIX-TV. In 1989, he headed to Seattle to ABC affiliate KOMO-TV, where he worked as a general assignment news reporter for the next 18 years.
In addition to his current reporting work at KING, Sharify 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 of Seattle’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. His latest documentary “Hear Our Story Now,” which he produced and wrote in 2018, chronicles two decades of work created by a Seattle organization called Music of Remembrance (MOR).
Sharify is a proud graduate of Princeton University. He has a master of fine arts degree in film directing from Columbia University where he studied under Oscar-winning film director Milos Forman. Sharify is honored to have presented a Ted Talk in 2012 about his National Murrow Award-winning documentary “Climb of a Lifetime.”
He’s in constant pursuit of meaningful stories to tell and would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.