Manny Garcia

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In 1964 I was teaching photography at Phoenix College. KOOK TV General Manager, Homer Lane, called one day and asked, “Would you have any interested in helping us build our news department at Channel 10?”

I interviewed and got the job and became one of the first television news photographers in Arizona. (I also ran the film processor and edited stories for Channel 10’s Newscasts.) manny xy

In 1965 I was the Director of Photography for one of the state’s first major documentary projects, a one-hour, prime-time special titled Illegitimacy, The Sudden Fact of Life. The program won numerous awards including the Emmy for Best Documentary.

I was named Director of Photography for the station in 1966 and took part in hiring the best group of “photogs” in the region.

I’ve been lucky enough to do special reporting and documentary production all over the world. I have seen some incredible images in some very remote places on this lovely planet.

But I think I am best known for the scenics and scenes of this beautiful state in which I was born. I am a fourth generation Arizonan. And I love this place with both my heart and my eyes.

My dad was a sheepherder for a good part of his life. I grew up listening to his stories of old Arizona. My mom came to Phoenix in 1929 and quickly became a historical part of this community by joining a dance troupe in the then “new” Orpheum Theatre.

I have a wonderful wife, Irene, three grown children, Anne, Christie and Jon. And two grandson’s, Levi and Archie, a truly great family.

Over the years, I have been honored to receive a few Rocky Mountain Emmys, a Peabody, 4 Gabriel Awards, more than 20 press association awards and the coveted National Emmy® Award.

51 years after shooting my first news story, I’m still shooting and still figuring out new ways to tell stories with video.

As the Director of Photography for “RightThisMinute,” Arizona’s first daily national syndicated television show, I’m still teaching and still helping to shape new ways to share the world’s stories. Today it’s for millions of daily television viewers in the Untied States and growing web audience throughout the world.