I've heard that question a couple of times in the last week... so
I thought I'd take a minute and make the proper introductions!
The "new guy" isn't really new. Jim Culp (also known as the culprit)
is a veteran Newschannel 8 photograher who started at
KGW in November of 1988. He'd always been behind the scenes until his
on camera debut as part of our Sunrise Traffic team.
So why the switch? "Something new, something different," he
told me recently as we chatted at my desk in the newsroom.
You'd think the most difficult part of his new job would be
deciphering the web of roads and wrecks while hovering at 1300 feet but
Jim says, "The hardest part is getting used to the fact that (viewers)
see my face." There's one thing you won't see, though, and that's Jim
wearing a tie. All the other guys on the show who have to "suit up" are still trying to
figure out how he got away with that one : - )
Here he is (on the right) with Sky 8 pilot Daron Larsen (also sans tie.)
Jim has lived in the Pacific Northwest all his life. He
graduated from Eastern Washington University and worked for three years
at KXLY-TV in Spokane before landing here in Portland.
When he's not flying in Sky 8.. Jim golfs, referees youth basketball
games, and gardens. His wife is an elementary school teacher in the North Clackamas School District and they have a 21 year old daughter and a
19 year old son.
So now you know! The "new guy" in Sky 8 isn't your usual suspect but this is one "culprit" we're glad to have around.
Welcome aboard, Jim!