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On My Way

Paul Marshall was an award winning documentary filmmaker and one of the founding staff members of KEBS TV. He also happened to be my uncle. With his encouragement, I decided to pursue a career in TV. And so, in 1973 I moved to San Diego, began attending SDSU, started working for KPBS, and got married. What a year!

My first role at KPBS was as a camera assistant in the documentary film department. There was an overload of projects and a small staff. So when an opportunity to be the cinematographer for a documentary on the Asian Court at the San Diego Museum of Art came up, I convinced (ok, I begged) management to let me be the director of photography. I had never been assigned a role like this.

They agreed and my work was awarded an Emmy for Cinematography. I was the first and only KPBS Student Assistant to be awarded an Emmy. Management was so thrilled they gave me a raise from $1.89 an hour to $2.25 an hour. I knew I was on my way.

I graduated from SDSU in May 1975 and started full time at KPBS the next day. I have never looked back and I wouldn’t change a thing. After 37 years I am honored to be KPBS’ General Manager.

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