After 55 years on the job, KSTP photojournalist retires

Pioneer Press | TVSpy

Next month, Brad Jacobs will leave KSTP-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul, where he has worked since 1957. "After 55 years of hauling a camera around, I'm ready to take a little time off," he tells Amy Carlson Gustafson. Jacobs, she notes, won an Emmy in 1993, but only because someone else put his footage of an explosion into competition (he never entered any of his own work). "I don't enter them ... [it] changes how you’d do your job if you’re only thinking about winning prizes," NPPA reports him saying.

A video on the Brad Jacobs page at the Museum of Broadcasting's site shows him with some of his early camera equipment, including a backpack "so heavy an engineer had to lift it onto his back." Jacobs documented the Six-Day War in Israel and Egypt; "Closer to home," his bio on the museum's site says, he "got exclusive footage of Mikhail Gorbachev’s 1989 visit to Minnesota, and was first on the scene at the capture of the 'Fishing Hat Bandit' in 2005."

He tells Gustafson he's considering a different clime: "I'm tired of the cold weather, frankly."

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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