Faded Sandpaper

Bill Leverton

Bill was born in Dallas, Texas, and raised pretty much in Northern New Mexico. After his four years in the Air Force, he wound up in Albuquerque where he got a job at KGGM-TV as a photographer, which amazed him since when the man interviewing him handed him a camera to look at, Bill held it upside down and then had to convince the man, no, he was just joking! Of course, he knew how to operate a camera! He learned quickly, and moved over to KOB-TV, also in Albuquerque, as a reporter/photographer. In 1973 he got a job at KOOL-Television in Phoenix, a CBS affiliate at the time. A few years later his expertise at finding the small, interesting places to visit in the state and his profiles of fascinating “real” people impressed his bosses enough that they made him Feature Editor and gave him his own franchise, “On the Arizona Road with Bill Leverton.” Over his 26 years there he won numerous awards, including his induction into the NATAS Silver Circle Society.

Bill retired from the Channel 10 newsroom, then called Fox Ten News, in 1999. He free lanced video projects and photography for a while, eventually moving back to Northern New Mexico where he and his wife Bonnie lived for almost 20 years. They now reside in Rio Rancho, New Mexico with their cat, BW, who runs the world.

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