GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – The station bids farewell to longtime chief photographer Chris Schumann.
Chris has devoted 25 years to what he calls âhis passionâ. He started working at KJCT station in 1996, before KKCO and KJCT merged. He started his career as a production assistant for KJCT. He then rose through the ranks to become a Senior Control Operator, then moved on to Engineering, and then finally took up his position as Chief Photographer.
Chris has had a major impact on everyone who comes to the station and everyone he meets at work. He wants to help everyone who enters the information industry to grow and realize their potential. He is a mentor to all, with his years of experience comes knowledge of all kinds of things. Just about any question one might have about the news, photography, or even the surrounding community, Chris would have the answer, too.
He is never shy about giving a helping hand to others and has the ability to take a stressful situation and bring peace to those around him. You can always count on Chris to bring order to the chaos. His calm demeanor is greatly appreciated, especially in a rapidly changing industry.
âWe’ve been in this market together for a long time and we’ve seen a lot of it. He’s fast, reliable, and would do anything for anyone. He will be missed, âsaid Bernie Lange.
Chris loves his community and feels blessed to live here. If you ask him, he will tell you that the Grand Valley is “my home”. He lived here over 30 years and has faithfully served the community in a humble capacity behind the camera.
âChris has a deep connection and compassion for the community. I particularly appreciate his professionalism and the years of experience he has shared with everyone at the station, âJean Reynolds.
In a farewell email, Chris writes:
âI have been in the television business for 25 years and have spent my entire career at KJCT. I’ve seen a lot of changes in the television business over the past 25 years, I’ve seen a lot of people come and go. But there are a few people that come to mind that I will always remember, âhe wrote. âThey say you’ll never work a day in your life if you do something you love, and I don’t feel like you’ve worked a day in 25 years. So I want to thank everyone who have made my career one to remember. Just like there are some memorable stories I have made over the years; going to the capital of our country and covering the honor flight, seeing our Christmas tree in the capital of the United States being shot, interviewing potential presidents of the United States, seeing little babies born and so many other great stories.
He concludes his email with a quote from Ansel Adams: âWhen the words get blurry, I’ll focus on the photographs. When the images become insufficient, I will settle for silence.
Chris, thank you very much for the many years and endless hours you have devoted to the station and its employees. We will miss you very much!
Below are photos of Chris during his tenure as Chief Photographer, along with videos of some of his most memorable stories. Enjoy!
Chief photographer Chris Schumann sits on the air to talk about a story he covered about a mass shooting in Grand Junction in September 1999.
Chris Schumann remembers the honor robbery he covered. He flew to the Veterans Memorial with Grand Valley veterans capturing their emotions.
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