Mike Ortiz

Chief Photographer/VideoJournalist

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MOrtiz@kwqc.com

 

MO graduated from St. Ambrose College in December of 1996. He began his career here at KWQC as a photographer in July of 1987 (back in the days of a camera attached to a recorder with ¾ inch tape!)

MO became Chief Photographer in January of 1995, supervising a staff of 9 photographers.

In March of 2004, he took a job in the Sales Department at KWQC, but in May of 2005, he came back to the News Department to take over duties as the Assignment Editor. At the same time, he was appointed by the State of Iowa as the Media Coordinator for the 7th Judicial District of Iowa.

But changes in the newsroom struck again. MO decided to go back to being Chief Photographer again!

In 2012, the 14 Judicial Circuit of Illinois, which includes Rock Island County, became the very first district in Illinois to start a Cameras in the Courtroom Pilot Program, and MO was appointed Media Coordinator for this Pilot Program.

July 13, 2017 marks 30 years for MO at KWQC!


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