I live in Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood for over twenty years. I;m an Emmy winning news cameraman, and a twenty-five year veteran of television news, working for broadcast and cable news networks, and for local stations in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Albuquerque. In Chicago, I produced a thirty minute five nights a week talk show called Underground for syndication on WSNS-TV. I also ran camera for that show, and the Chicago White Sox games with Harry Caray on Channel 44. In addition to sports, my first experience with news coverage occurred at WMAQ-TV and NBC News Chicago where I earned an Emmy for local news coverage. I moved to Albuquerque, NM to learn my craft where I watched the CBS Evening News with Walter Conkrite and emulated the camerawork that I saw there. I never imagined that a dozen years later I would be contributing to CBS News Los Angeles Bureau. I was promoted to Assistant Director of Photo Video Operations in Albuquerque, and I was first on the scene during the New Mexico State Prison Riots in 1980 for KOB-TV and NBC News. Following Albuquerque, I joined the Cable News Network San Francisco Bureau where I covered the AIDS epidemic at ground zero. I was first on the scene for the first Trans-Pacific balloon landing, and covered the 1984 Democratic National Convention for CNN. After CNN, I worked freelance for local news in San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Angeles. I was Operations Manager for the Financial News Network prior to being taken over by CNBC, and then shot news and studio camera for that cable network. I also pedestal cameras in the studio for local Los Angeles stations, Fox Sports West, and Glendale Studios. My coverage if the First Interstate Building fire earned a local Emmy, and I covered the Malibu firestorm for CBS News. I covered the Rodney King Riots and the O.J. Simpson trial for ABC News, and the Northridge Quake and the Simpson Civil Trial for CBS News. I shot Hollywood stories for Entertainment Tonight and Hard Copy, and MovieTelevision and MediaTelevision for Toronto's Citytv. I operated day work camera for two Warner Brothers Television series, The D.A. and What I Like About You. A progressive political activist, I was elected to the Los Angeles Democratic Party Central Committee, and the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council. I covered stories for international news networks, including a documentary shot in Mexico for Austrian TV. I was a Federal Officer and TSA Supervisor at LAX for ten years until my retirement from the Federal Government last year. I aspire to return to camera work, my first love, using my High Definition Nikon D7100 24.1 Megapixel camera rig with Beachtek xlr adapter for documentary and low budget theatrical productions.
Name: Garry Willis
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Camera Operator and Videographer
Unique traits: I shot video before video cameras were cool.
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