Monday, September 26, 2016

KTRK abc13 photographer Jaime Zamora risked life during Houston shooting incident

KTRK abc13 photographer Jaime Zamora was first on the scene during the Houston shooting, and continued delivering TV viewers excellent coverage the rest of the morning

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There were lots of heroes in today's Houston active shooting incident. Obviously the Houston, West U and Bellaire police officers and other first responders who ducked for cover, risking their own lives to stop the shooter, are heroes.

Then there was the man who reportedly got out of his car, turned on his flashlight, and waved other commuters away from the shooting area. I'm sure we will hear about more heroes in the coming days.

But since this is a Houston media blog, let me focus on one of the journalists who put his life on the line to bring television viewers coverage.

KTRK abc13 photographer Jaime Zamora was the first journalist on the scene in the West U area.

"Nothing like starting the week in the middle of an active shooter scene," Zamora tweeted a few hours after the scene settled down. "Must have heard 40 shots. Hid behind [a] pillar."

Channel 13 anchor Natasha Barrett said on air that Zamora was at the nearby Randall's supermarket, behind those pillars, trying to photograph what was happening. It was dark and at the time no one knew what was happening, where the gunshots were coming from or how many shooters were involved.

Once daylight broke, Zamora continued reporting from the scene - even on camera which is rare for a TV photog.

Thanks to Zamora's interview with attorney Skip Cornelius, the Houston TV audience first learned about one of the shooting victims. Cornelius' son was shot in the arm while in his car.

TV viewers noticed Zamora's hard work and showered the longtime KTRK employee with praise.




On a lighter note, Zamora was just featured on ESPN last week:






13 comments:

  1. Where was Fox 26? Literally, the biggest local story of the year was within walking distance of their studios and yet they had the weakest coverage. They were late in getting there and when they got there and they appeared to have very limited resources. The had an entertainment reporter who says "you guys" in every other sentence and a sports reporter who appeared to be stuck outside the police lines because they got there so late. If they were a good news operation, whey would have sent one of the two anchors over there as soon as they heard the story on the police scanners. Even if they did not have a reporter and live truck available, with the portable backpack technology, they could have been on scene with great coverage much sooner with an anchor reporting. While the other stations had live boots on the ground, Fox 26 had Rita Garcia rehashing what social media had to say about the situation.

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    1. Clearly you weren't watching FOX 26 because they had 4 reporters who were live throughout the morning/early afternoon, as well as an anchor who later reported from the scene. They also stayed on just as long as the other guys.

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    2. interested in what the ratings showed for this. I assume you have access, your post is so specific you must work in the market.

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    3. I agree with "Where was Fox 26?". As far as the early "BREAKING NEWS" coverage, it sure looked like the other three news stations had much better coverage. It's possible that Fox 26 recovered later in the morning/early afternoon. Also, the key to all of this is not how long you stay on, but rather the timing, depth and quality of the news reporting. I agree that the ratings may give some indication as to what station the viewers decided was more informative.

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  2. He did a great job. I was tolerating the poor play-by-play effort that McNeil and Conflenti tried, but when that Donchey kid came on and was lousy and intolerable with her lack of skill, I quickly switched to KTRK. It was the best move I've made since switching to almond milk.

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  3. Why don't they put Zamora on TV permanently? He out did the reporters. This goes to show why you don't replace experienced photographers with kid MMJs.

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    1. Probably the same reason these experience photographers chose to be photographers in the first place, they dont like being in front of the camera.

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  4. Jaimie doesn't wanna do anymore work than he already has to. He cries when he leaves the courthouse beat. He just loves his face on camera.

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    1. TIL: Zamora is a big baby! Ha!

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  5. Meanwhile, today at 11AM, once again Can't Read Reyna stumbles her way through another telecast. She needs a bib and a Hooked on Phonics CD, not a microphone and a chair in front of a TV camera.

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  6. Yall throwing too much shade. Stop hatin.

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  7. Reyna is Spanish for "incompetent" according to Rosetta Stone, and according to anyone who's endured the pain of watching her haphazard on air efforts to read news.

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