MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — One of News 5’s own was honored Tuesday afternoon at Goodwill Easter Seals with an award.
Photojournalist Jason Garcia accepted the Mobile ARC Community Media Excellence Award for his work.
This upcoming December will mark twenty years in the business for Garcia.
His career started at WEAR-TV in Pensacola in 1998. There, he worked in master control and was a sports photojournalist.
Then in 2002, he came to us here at WKRG.
After four years and several hurricanes at News 5, he headed inland to WLOS in Asheville, North Carolina in 2006.
During his time there, he covered numerous human interest stories that stick with him to this day. One was the story of twin sisters with MERRF, a disease that affects the muscles and nervous system. He also covered a story about a man who makes and plays violins. The catch– the man had just one hand. He lost the other in a corn-picking accident.
After a few years at WLOS, Garcia came back to us here at News 5 in 2013 and we’re more than happy to have him.
As if it’s not evident enough in his work, Garcia tells us he really enjoys thought-provoking stories. “Storytelling for me is just that telling a story, changing someone’s point of view on something or shedding light on a subject that needs to be shed light on. Informing people of something they may not know of and maybe changing just for a moment their attitude, their way of thinking.”
Catch the full video with News 5 Photojournalist Jason Garcia above.