Howard Edward Shepherd Jr., was a television news and sports photographer for Channel 12 KPNX for over years. No one affectionately is Harry Shepherd’s work in television took him from the floor of America West Arena (Now Talking Stick Resort Arena) to the far reaches of Vietnam and the Amazon. Shepherd donated his time as a member of the Esperanca team, which brought medical aid to the poor living along the Amazon in Brazil. While there, he documented the efforts of U.S. doctors who brought hope and comfort to the disadvantaged. Shepherd covered the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Coyotes, Arizona Cardinals and spring training for the Arizona Diamondbacks, when they trained in Tucson.
A member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), Shepherd was a nine-time Regional Emmy Award recipient for his work at Channel 12 News. In 1997 he was inducted into the Rocky Mountain Chapter of NATAS’ Silver Circle Society. Howard also received numerous awards from the Arizona Press Club for his work in photography. He was born in Wellington, Texas and was brought to Arizona as an infant. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of the Boy Scouts. He graduated from Central high school and attended Phoenix College. Howard passed away at the age of 51 on March 25, 1998; He is survived by his wife Cyndy and sons, Tony and Andy.