For more than 40 years, John Warren has worked in both radio and television in order to tell stories. After graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism from Northern Arizona University in 1976, John started his television reporting career in Flagstaff, before moving to Tucson, and finally to Phoenix, where he was hired to be a reporter at KOOL-TV (now KSAZ-TV). John eventually moved to KTVK-TV, where he was the News Assignment Manager for 20 years and managed the day-to-day operation of the news desk and directed a staff of 60 or more people. John became an assignment editor “because I had a desire to do more than just tell one story. I wanted to tell them all. The assignment editor is involved in every story that is presented; how the story is told and what message we are telling our audience. We help shape the message and as a trained journalist we make certain that every story is not only truthful but also accurate.”
John is currently the Content Manager at KPNX-TV in Phoenix, where he continues to make daily news assignments and manage the logistics of reporting the news.
“I have been a part of some of the most logistically demanding story telling opportunities over my career and those were some of the most rewarding times of my life,” says Warren. “From the Super Bowl coverage to the Presidential debates and the Phoenix Open to the marches on the State Capitol. Through it all, the logistics planning was important because the purpose is to be able to tell the story, without letting the effort it took to bring the story to the audience get in the way of the message. In the end, I can say that I am a storyteller who endeavors to live up to the career and profession I have chosen.”
John credits Bill Miller, Phil Alvidrez and Dennis O’Neil for helping to shape and guide his career.