To say that John Goheen is an award-winning photojournalist, a pioneer in the industry, a visionary producer, and a gifted storyteller is simply a warm-up exercise in describing a man whose work continues to awe and inspire us. The best video journalists in the country want his way with a camera, news outlets clamor for his features, students choose an independent study so they can continue learning from him after they've taken all his classes, and people around the world in tragic circumstances have seen their lives become just a little less bleak because John has brought their story to light. For 37 years, he's been shaping the way video communicates, in news, programs, films, and in the classroom. "I just like strong visuals, always have," he says.
John has been a resident of Denver since 1977 when he was a reporter/photographer with KMGH Channel 7; he's been freelancing, speaking, and teaching since 1993. He was the NPPA's Television News Photographer of the Year for three consecutive years, has earned 12 regional Emmy awards – including Journalistic Enterprise – and is the recipient of the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, the highest honor in the field of journalism. He is reputed to be the King of Nat Sound. Name a network or news organization, and he's worked with them; name a major story, and he's been on the scene, in 85 countries and 6 continents; and he's produced award-winning documentaries. Back in 1997, John helped create the NPPA's Advanced StoryTelling Workshop, and since then, he's never missed it, donating a week of his time each year to work with the students. Currently, he is a full-time instructor at Loyola University's School of Communications in Chicago.
John understands the power of television to do good and change lives; he's not just a journalist, he's a human being who cares about people. His stories typify a sense of social consciousness and responsibility. He volunteered years of his time on a project to honor veterans, soliciting video from around the country to craft a program called 'V-Day 11/11/11.' He took a solo trip to Somalia to help focus attention on the horrendous conditions there, and his stories were the first to air on US network television. Last year he traveled to Kiberia, the largest slum in Africa, to tell a heartbreaking story of poverty through the eyes of the young. His work often points the way for humanitarians to follow and for viewers to become involved. Decades of work, thousands of stories, and millions of lives touched: John is a treasure.
Mike LeClaire is a former Gunnery Sergeant in the US Marine Corps with decorated combat service in Vietnam. In 1971, he was fresh out of the hospital after contracting malaria while serving as a forward observer for the artillery and got himself a job as a janitor with a local TV station known then as KLZ. Today, he is the Assistant Chief Photographer at Channel 7 in Denver. In forty-three years, Mike has – as he says – 'worked at many different television stations but they've all been in this building.' Through tenacity, hard work, overwhelming odds, and a commitment to service, Mike has made a profound and lasting impression in journalism.
He has done so much: floor director, studio camera, producer/director, programs, newscasts, PSAs, telethons, community affairs. Then, after almost 20 years, he was laid off with a number of other employees – only to return three months later as a news editor. On his own time, he learned the ins and outs of videography, arranging a trip back to Vietnam (on his own time and his own dime) to create an Emmy award-winning documentary that also got him a spot as a staff photographer. He's traveled a lot since then, and always with a camera: following surgeons from Children's Hospital to the Ukraine; taking WWII vets back to Iwo Jima 50 years after the battle; a humanitarian mission to Afghanistan for a food drop from 35,000 feet; accompanying other WWII vets to Okinawa. This, plus the major news stories of the last twenty years. He believes in the power of the images he creates, adapting to new realities and striving to become a proficient conduit for the stories that put life in perspective. Along the way, he's been recognized by the NPPA, the CBA, and NATAS with numerous industry awards.
It's when Mike puts down the camera that his determination and true character emerge. For many years, he and his wife, Andrea, have been actively involved at St. Luke's Episcopal Church where he teaches children's classes and gives his time. He spent 14 years in the Marine Corps Reserve. He volunteers with his son's Boy Scout Troop. He has donated his professional and personal time to the Heroes Forever organization, which provides support to pediatric cancer patients and their families. He is the proud father of twins, Ben and Amy, and a devoted husband. He is authentic, compassionate, dedicated, and the embodiment of integrity and commitment.
Many years ago, a starting shortstop with Fort Hays State University decided to maximize his Communications degree with an internship running tape in a truck, and a potential MLB career gave way to one in televised sports; Ken Miller hit that one out of the park. Currently the Executive Producer at ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain, Ken began working in the Heartland region 29 years ago and, in the last quarter-century, has directed more than 3,000 live sports and entertainment events around the globe. In the process, he has earned 16 Regional Emmy Awards for Producing and Directing, a Cable Ace Award, and the respect and admiration of his peers.
There is hardly a sport Ken doesn't know: college football, basketball, hockey, and baseball; boxing and rodeo; Sunday night football, Monday night football, the SuperBowl, the Masters, and the Olympics – to name a few. And let's not forget his extensive work with the Colorado Rockies and Avalanche, the Denver Nuggets and Broncos. Ken spent many years as a freelance camera operator covering games nationally before moving into the director's chair and finally the producer's. Nowadays he manages a schedule, a budget, and a staff for roughly 200 events a year. He is regarded as a gifted director and a thoughtful, experienced leader who always has the viewer's best interest in mind.
Ken is known for having a keen eye for talent. He searches out and mentors both experienced and up-and-coming announcers, producers, and directors, many of whom have gone on to national networks. He guides and encourages this next generation with passion, kindness, and a shared love of the game. He builds trust, not only with his co-workers but also with the network's team partners. These constructive relationships, along with Ken's advocacy of technological advancement, have resulted in enhanced production and more exclusive content, to give each and every fan the best seat in the house.
On or off the field, Ken exemplifies 'Team' to everyone with whom he works: he is involved, dedicated, and caring; innovative and intelligent. An MVP, first and last.
No one can argue that Greg Moody’s name is synonymous with arts and entertainment coverage in Denver. Since 1986, he's been the Critic at Large, first with KUSA beginning in 1986, then at KCNC from 1988 to 2014. And since his broadcasting career originated in Milwaukee in 1981, he’s been ‘in the business’ for over thirty years. Greg is the one with an encyclopedic knowledge of plays, movies, musicals, and music, and a vast understanding of things behind the scenes as well as an appreciation of a patron’s unique perspective in the audience. His ability to combine these is his talent: Greg makes art and entertainment compelling for everyone else by using his self-deprecating sense of humor and his gift of storytelling to translate theater, ballet, and opera into a language that viewers understand and appreciate. How many small productions or children’s programs or gallery openings might have gone overlooked if not for his attention? How many zoo events, film festival premieres, concerts, and local hidden gems might we have missed if not for Greg’s notice? As the arts community in the Denver metro area expanded (exploded) over the last decades, Greg Moody has been here to raise awareness and enjoyment of all the things there are to do and see.
From 1999 to 2004, Greg produced a weekly arts and entertainment roundup called 'SHOW,' which shot on location in places such as the Art Museum or the DCPA, the Circus, Ocean Journey, or Wings over the Rockies. Greg put his heart – and his theater background – into every story with passion and enthusiasm. His flexibility and renowned deft turn of word enabled a fluid segue between a review of the Colorado Symphony and a description of the opening act for a heavy metal band at the Pepsi Center. And well before the term 'backpack journalist' was being tossed around as the latest new thing, Greg has been an experienced editor for over 15 years – writing and editing his daily features plus multiple segments for SHOW. An avid cyclist, Greg covered Ride the Rockies for years using his personal cycling knowledge to provide viewers with an insider’s perspective.
Greg is known for enthusiastically jumping into the station’s community service activities, for his sense of humor and incredible work ethic, and for his thoughtful commentaries even when reviewing a 'clunker.' He knows everyone who’s anyone in the local arts scene, and they know and respect him. Greg exemplifies the best in broadcasting: a journalist who is not only a participating member of the community but also a beloved friend and esteemed co-worker.
Now, get out there and have some fun!
This year marks Anne’s thirtieth anniversary with KMGH Channel 7 in Denver, and with earlier stints at KSTF in Scottsbluff and KMTV in Omaha, it's her thirty-second year in the Heartland region. She started out as a general assignment reporter and worked her way to the anchor desk, where her unassuming confidence and breadth of experience touch viewers and coworkers with equal impact. She is at home in the studio or field, anchoring from a wildfire, a flash flood, or from the Freedom Tower. She’s the type of news anchor who will readily write a simple VO for the nightly newscast or do ‘the big interview’ as a special project, leading by example. Anne is a Coloradan ‘by choice,’ a graduate of Littleton High School and CU Boulder, whose love for this state and its residents is evident on and off the camera.
Children’s and women’s issues are important to Anne. She has served as a board member for numerous organizations, including the Mi Casa Resource Center for Women and Girls, the Board of Hispanic Heroes, the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, and the Latin American Education Foundation. She supports Centro San Juan Diego, Escuela De Guadalupe, and the American Diabetes Association and St. Vincent Home with her time and energy. In addition, she has been honored with awards and recognition from not only a variety of press and media associations (including NATAS), but also from a plethora of non-profit associations who recognize her ability – and willingness – to make a profound difference. Anne is a community leader, devoting hours of service to organizations that lift up the less fortunate, invest in the underprivileged, and work to ensure equality for those whose voices aren’t represented. Throughout the state, Anne shines.
Anne lives in the town in which she grew up and lights the city’s Christmas tree on Main Street every year during the annual holiday lighting ceremony. She met her husband, Mike, while the two worked together at 7News; they are the proud parents of two grown children.