To date, I’ve been in the TV news biz for 6 1/2 years and have worked with probably over a hundred people in my various newsrooms. There are people in each one that have left an impression on me–from Stephen Johnson at KHQA to Aileen Simborio, Terry Weathers, and Mike Hesher at KSN, and Ron Steele, Tara Thomas, and Dylan Sires here at KWWL.
I wanted to take a second to really thank Dylan. He has pretty much been “my” photographer for the past several months. We’ve worked together on and off all three years both of us have been at the station, but since one of our reporters left last fall–he and I have been paired up for stories just about four days a week. You get to know a lot about a person when you work with them that often!
Dylan is kind, hard-working, and creative. He is extremely good at his job and always willing to help troubleshoot editing or camera issues for anyone in the newsroom. I will sincerely miss our burrito days together at Panchero’s, or going on crazy adventures like climbing to the top of the Wapsipinicon Mill with me (at the time I was pregnant mind you!), or somehow finding something interest in the most mundane of stories. He feeds off of me for advice on things, and I feed off of him. I’ll never forget when we stood out in Traer doing a story about wind turbines with frigid 10 degree temperatures and -30 wind chills with 40 mph wind gusts–we were about literally getting blown over trying to shoot video. I was doing a field stand-up which I had to shoot about 10 times because my face and eyes were getting pelted with sleet and I could hardly stand up straight in all that wind!
I will sincerely miss working with Dylan. He’s just an all around good guy, and incredibly gifted at what he does. (Something he could never get enough kudos for!) He also has aspirations of a career in music, and I have no doubt whatever path he chooses, he will excel. Best wishes to you, friend in all you do! It’s been a real privilege to work alongside you.
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This post was written by kmashek on May 14, 2013