Dave Tamez

2022 Honoree

Silver Circle Honoree Dave Tamez creates programs that move hearts and minds through his photography, the programs he produces and the documentaries he directs.  Winner of numerous regional Emmy Awards, he combines his love of photography, lighting and editing in his work.

He’s also a brilliant teacher, helping to make OETA in Oklahoma City a learning center for young photographers through his high standards for program and segment content development, photography and editing. In his 20 years at OETA, he has developed and launched award winning series that include “Stateline,” “Gallery America,” and “Back in Time,” as well as numerous OETA special programs.

He has performed illustrious work at other stations as well. He served as Chief News Photographer and Special Project Producer at KWTV-9 in Oklahoma City from 1987-2000.  The station staff received both a RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award and George Foster Peabody Award in 1996 for their program, “Murrah Bombing.”

The words of his peers say it best.  Bill Perry, who was VP of Content at OETA, said, “I knew instantly he could turn any vision into a reality. With a handshake, the creative standards of video at OETA were on the road to becoming standard.”  Video producer Christi McGahan noted, “His storytelling ability is unmatched.  There are few media professionals that can do it all from shooting, writing, editing and producing but Dave can. He takes documentary storytelling to a new art and performs his art with magic.”