Hey Heidi: Show us the people behind the cameras

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Without them that box you're watching right now would be empty.

"OK, Casey we're next and stand-by," KSDK Photojournalist Rick Meyer shouts at Casey Nolen.

But since KSDK hit the air in 1947, cameramen and women have been filling the screen with pictures.

"It's just kind of like a fog, you do so many things it's hard to really remember until someone reminds you of a certain story like, 'Oh yeah that was a great story,' " explains Joe Young, who's worked at KSDK for 29 years.

It's a job that allows them to see the best.

"Two super bowls, two world series," Jim Tuxbury, another photojournalist points out.

And the worst of St. Louis with a front row seat.

"You know the flood of '93 when I got the shot of that house going down that's probably one of my more memorable pictures," Young said.

Those moments make this a pretty cool job.

"It's cool until you're standing outside the courtroom in 5 degree weather, and you have to go to the bathroom and there's nowhere to go and you can't leave," Tuxbury adds.

There are about 25 more photojournalists here at NewsChannel 5 sharing similar sentiments, but there are also several cameras in the warm, dry studio. Those however, have no one behind them, they're robotic.

"When I started, there was an operator for every camera, and I thought those people were amazing," says Robin Nunnelly, a technical director at KSDK for 32 years.

Someone still has to operate them, but one person controls all of them with a joystick, touch screen or mouse.

"The pan and tilt, zoom and focus that all runs from the touch screen," Nunnelly said.

So we might be the ones you see, but they are the ones who capture it all on camera, so that you have a clear picture of what's happening around St. Louis.


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