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This is my friend Todd Ziemek, he was working for KOAT TV-7 television as a news photographer here in Albuquerque until 1999.
He was the shop steward for the station’s union.
When I put together a Police-Press Street Relations Seminar for the Albuquerque Police Department, Ziemek offered to assist in coordinating with the press.
He attended the Police-Press Street Relations Seminar which was held on August 30, 1999.
I took him for a balloon ride at Fiesta that year.
He moved to Durham, New Hampshire to be near his wife’s family.
We met again at the annual National Press Photographers Association in Minneapolis in 2002.
He started working as a freelancer for the Public Broadcasting Station, WGBH in Boston before being hired by New Hampshire Public Television station.
He covered the 2004 New Hampshire primary and wrote, “These primary's are nothing but a bunch of hot air, I guess the primary and balloon fiesta should be one in the same.”
In a September 2, 2004 e-mail, Ziemek wrote, “I'm in the process of starting up my own gig. Got a camera, tripod and going with Apple for all the post-production....”
He used one of my pictures for his web page, 16x9 Videography.com.
On Wednesday April 19, 2005, he was laid off with two other New Hampshire Public Television employees in a restructuring of the station. Ziemek, fortunately has his high definition television production and internet project freelancing company to fall back on.
Over the years he has been dismayed by the state of the television industry, especially the news end. He recognizes that with the ever-increasing number of cable stations and the emerging technology calling for more and varied kinds of productions, he will have opportunities to continue in television.