A story doesn't just happen. Very often it needs to be developed and sculpted and finely sanded before it's ready to present. Whether it's producing a story for a freelance client or pitching a story to media, that doesn't change. Good storytelling needs work. With the rise of citizen journalists that truth gets lost. A storyteller needs to know what to look for and he/she needs to have a sense for the memorable. That's a sense John Yeager has developed in his career as journalist and media relations professional. It's experience you can trust working with Positively Northwest.
He's a 17-time Emmy Award winning video storyteller and journalist with a Masters Degree in Communications - Digital Media from the University of Washington (graduated 2013). Winner of an Iris Award for Best Documentary from the National Association of Television Program Executives, he's also won numerous Best Feature Story awards by The Society for Professional Journalists and the ARBY Award from the Academy of Religious Broadcasting. His Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences are for Best Documentary, Best Soft Feature and Best Writing among others.
He has two decades of storytelling experience throughout the Pacific Northwest (Seattle and Spokane TV and radio markets). He's produced TV stories and documentaries for KCTS TV, KIRO TV, KCPQ TV, KXLY TV, Seattle Channel, UWTV and KCTV. Freelance clients include: The Boeing Company, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Pacific Northwest Conference Evangelical Covenant Church, Artists Trust, Providence Medical Center and Colehour + Cohen.
Yeager is currently Director of Public relations for Aegis Living assisted-living communities. He spent eight years as Media Relations director for international non-profit, World Vision. He also teaches storytelling on occasionat Pacific Lutheran University. He's been a speaker at Washington State University's Murrow Symposium and served as a guest speaker at WSU, Seattle University and Gonzaga University.