In college, Jeff was interested in photography and chose it as his major. He studied at Arizona State University. One day, at ASU he went to KAET, the University PBS Affiliate, and asked if they hired students. Back then, they had a volunteer program for students which he applied for. He was one of five selected from a pool of 80 and began working at the public television station.
Also, while a student, Jeff pursued his interest in flying by working weekends at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport. During that time, he was able to obtain his private pilot’s license. While working at both KAET and Sky Harbor, Jeff continued his studies as a part-time student and graduated from ASU.
Jeff worked at KPHO-TV after graduation and worked on their newscasts and many commercial projects. One of his favorite programs to work with was “The Wallace and Ladmo Show”. Also, he worked at KPNX-TV as a Production Director, directing the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00pm newscasts.
When KAET started the “Horizon” Public Affairs program Jeff was hired as a staff member to direct it. He has been on the staff ever since.
Jeff is now the Manager of Production Services at Eight, Arizona PBS and oversees all studio production and events. He has enjoyed many years of training and working with ASU students to prepare them for the workplace. He also taught video production for 14 years at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunications at Arizona State University. In 2014 he was inducted into the Silver Circle Society in The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Jeff flew a traffic watch airplane for over 4 years with a reporter on radio stations KFYI and KKFR. He went on to earn his Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP). Combining his two passions he has done some aerial photography on his own and has also worked on aerial shoots from helicopters. Jeff was in the helicopter which was used for the opening scene in KAET’s groundbreaking open-heart surgery program, “The Operation,” which he also directed and was broadcast live on the PBS network and internationally.
Married for 26 years to his wife, Susan, Jeff has three children –His son, Kyle, is an attorney in Missouri, and his daughter, Tegan, is an Emergency Room Physician Assistant in Maryland. His son, Reed, is studying computer Science at Chapman University in California.