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Paul McComb

Paul McComb

He knew at a young age he would make his life beyond the small town of Caro, Michigan where he grew up.

When Paul McComb first came to the Valley as a teen, with his parents to visit family friends, he knew he would be coming back.

After graduating from high school, Paul worked at Chevrolet then at O’Hare Airport in Chicago while attending college. But his number came up and he was drafted into the Army, heading to Vietnam in 1968. That was where his interest in photography was piqued.

After a year of combat, he returned to the States, landing at Fort Lewis, WA but Paul never forgot the Valley of the Sun.

He made the move in 1969 and got his first job with Sperry Flight Systems in North Phoenix. He also attended Phoenix Community College, taking a class from renowned photographer Allen Dutton. It was Dutton who connected Paul with his first TV job, at KTVK.

He left KTVK in 1971 and after a brief foray into the construction business was hired by KPHO in Commercial Production as film processor, still photographer and sports film photographer.

When a position opened up in the News Department, Paul made the move, as a film editor and a part-time film photographer.

He then moved to full-time photography with the advent of video, covering everything from California earthquakes, Presidential visits, Arizona politics, the Dude fire, floods around the state, major league football and baseball arriving in the state. He’s just about seen it all at least once.

In 1995 Paul was made Chief Photographer over a staff of 15 Photojournalists when KPHO became a CBS affiliate.

With a change in management, Paul returned to the ranks and continued serving the Valley as a talented, hardworking Photojournalist.

He has adapted to the television news business through 37 years of growth and change, retiring in 2010

Paul McComb is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Silver Circle Society, recognizing his contributions to the television news business for 25 years or more.