Carol Lynde began her 30+ year career in TV as a news photographer at KTVK in Phoenix. After four years there, this Arizona native let her videography and editing skills take her across the country. She spent seven years at WAGA in Atlanta as a news photographer and editor. She then moved to WGNX, also in Atlanta, where she was chief photographer for six years.
Then she did something odd. At the height of her television career, she packed up and moved to Great Falls, Montana to work for tiny KRTV in their video production department. “Not everyone considers it a good career move to go from the 10th market to the 183rd, but it was the best thing I have ever done for myself personally. Montana was wonderful. I consider my time there a three-year working vacation.” But the vacation eventually ended when she moved to Denver and KWGN, where she was assignment manager for the news department. “My first and, I hope, last desk job. I can honestly say I tried it, and it confirmed what I already knew-I want to be in the field taking pictures.”
The search for a new and challenging video position brought her back to Arizona and the PBS station KAET. Then in 2004, when a video producer position opened at the Arizona Game and Fish Department, she jumped at it. “Throughout my career I have always been drawn to stories that involve nature and the outdoors. Whether it’s counting woodpeckers in the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia or watching prairie chickens dance in Montana, I’m just fascinated. It truly is my passion.”
She has earned 21 Regional Emmys and dozens of other broadcasting and film festival awards during her career. She has served on the NATAS Board of Governors for three chapters; Southeast, Heartland and Rocky Mountain Southwest.
Carol recently retired as Video Production Supervisor from Game and Fish, but continues to run her own production company, Tall Paul Productions, specializing in wildlife and outdoor videos.