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 Special Projects Reporter at KING 5 News, and General Manager of both Seattle Colleges Cable Television (SCCTV) and Seattle Community Media, the city of Seattle’s public access television station.
John lives and breathes storytelling. He believes news stories, told powerfully, can connect our communities. John is constantly searching for those meaningful stories to tell. John, who also goes by Shahab, started his reporting career in New York at WPIX-TV 35 years ago.
In 1989, he headed west, where he was privileged to deliver his signature stories for KOMO 4 News in Seattle for the next 18 years. John was known as the “People Helper” for a few of those years, among the most rewarding years of his career.
In 2015, John was selected as ‘Reporter of the Year’ by National Press Photographer’s Association. He is a 63-time Emmy Award recipient. He has also been honored with eight National Edward R. Murrow awards, including the 2004, 2007, and 2008 Murrow Award for Writing, which honors the top broadcast news writer in the country.
John 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 the proud recipient of the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence Take Action Award for his work on raising awareness on the issue of domestic violence.
His 2010 documentary about the Holocaust? “Boys of Terezin” has been shown in film festivals around the world, including Sydney, Melbourne, Toronto, West Palm Beach, Miami, New Brunswick, and Seattle. John is thrilled to have presented a TED talk in 2012 about his National Murrow Award-winning documentary called “Climb of a Lifetime,” which chronicles the lives of homeless men training to climb Mount Rainier. But of all the stories John has written, his favorite appeared on King5.com. It's about his son, Perry, who competed as a breaststroker in the 2012 Olympic trials.
Shahab John Sharify is a proud graduate of Princeton University and has a Master of Fine Arts degree in film directing from Columbia University.