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Roger Ball

Roger Ball

Roger Ball began his broadcast career at KPHO-TV in 1967. His first job was in promotion and production, and then after a few months became the only person in the newsroom to shoot, write and edit stories. Two years later he joined the staff of KTAR-TV (now KPNX-TV) and for the next eight years worked as a news film reporter/photographer, news production manager, and assignment editor. He then joined the staff of KTVK-TV as Executive Producer/Assistant News Director. Two years later he rejoined KPNX-TV in the newly created position of Managing Editor. Within a year Channel 12’s new owners, Gannett, promoted Ball to a news director position at their station in Indiana. He later served as news director at two different stations in the Midwest and New England.

Just prior to returning to Phoenix in 1993, Ball served as a consultant to new television stations in the emerging republics of the former Soviet Union–most notably in the Republic of Belarus where he helped start a new television station and he set up a nationwide network of independent television stations. He also taught at broadcast news seminars in Kiev, Ukraine, and Moscow, Russia. After returning to the United States ball has taken 14 credit hours of Russian language.

Ball then rejoined the team at KTVK-TV as News Assignment Manager until the fall of 2001 when he began serving as Community Relations Branch Manager and Public Information Officer for the Maricopa County Department of Transportation. While working with the Maricopa County Government, Ball was frequently called up to offer guidance and assistance to other departments during emergency and crisis situations. Additionally, he organized and managed distribution of real time traffic information for Phoenix International Raceway’s major NASCAR events. He also became the point person for community relations for the South Court Tower construction, the largest capital project Maricopa County had ever begun. Though attacked at times by heavy public and political criticism, the completed project had a very positive image by the public.

Roger and Susan have been married more than 50 years and live in Surprise, Arizona. They have four children (both biological and adopted), six grandchildren–thanks to two sets of twins—and one great-grandchild. They are also former foster parents and have cared for 20 different children in their lives.

Currently Ball serves as a reporter for Independent Newsmedia, emphasizing coverage in the community of Sun City West. He recently served as a communications consultant for a large community development in the Navajo Nation.

In 2013, Ball was honored by the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with an induction to the Silver Circle Society.