John Sharify is honored to have served as President of the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences from 2006-2010, and Vice President of NATAS from 2004-2006. John is currently a?ácontributing reporter for KING 5 News, and the General Manager of both Seattle Community Colleges Television (SCCTV) and Seattle Community Media, the city's public access station.?á
In 2012, John was honored with the coveted National Edward R. Murrow award in the documentary category for?á his work on 'Climb of a Lifetime'. The award honors the best news documentary in the country. John was also a finalist for Reporter of the Year in 2012, the National Press Photographer's Association ( NPPA) Photojournalism Award for Reporters. He was a finalist in 2011 as well.?á
In June of 2012, John Sharify received multiple?á Emmy awards including the Emmys for top news reporter and writer for his work on KING Television.?á He is a 47 time Emmy award winner with 8 National Edward R. Murrow awards including the 2008, 2007, and 2004 National Murrows for Writing, which honors the top broadcast news writer in the country.
John started his reporting career in New York City at WPIX TV nearly 30 years ago, and in 1989 headed west where he?ádelivered his signature stories for KOMO?á4 News in Seattle for the next eighteen years. He was known as the "People Helper" for three of those years-his most rewarding years as a journalist- receiving Emmys in Community Service twice.?á
John Sharify has received Lifetime Achievement awards from various organizations including the Academy of Religious Broadcasting, the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee, and Seattle's Union Gospel Mission for his 'compassionate reporting of the homeless'. He is also the proud recipient of?áthe King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence?á"Take Action" award for his work?áon raising awareness on the issue of domestic violence.
John, who also goes by Shahab, is an independent documentary filmmaker as well.?á His?á latest documentary?áabout the holocaust "Boys of Terezin", has been shown?áin film festivals in Sydney, Melbourne, Toronto, West Palm, Miami, and Seattle.?á John also does storytelling workshops nationally, and internationally for broadcast journalists, most recently in Norway and Denmark.
John Sharify is a proud graduate of Princeton University where he received his B.A. in Politics and Near Eastern Studies. He also has a Master of Fine Arts degree in film directing?áfrom Columbia University.?á