DENVER — Jason Vaz is a Visual Producer at 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado.
Jason made his return to 9NEWS in December 2020 following two different stints in the 1990s.
At 16 years old (1986), Jason shot home video of a funnel cloud near his home in Montbello. Being a teenage news junkie, Jason called News4 and spoke with the assignment desk to inform them that he had home video of the funnel. He was asked to bring the video to the station so it could be viewed. Forty-five minutes later, the shakey, grainy VHS video was aired as the "cold open" for News4 at 4 O'clock, two weeks later, Jason received a check for $33. He was hooked. Pursuing TV production classes at the Denver Public Schools Career Education Center, Jason served as a studio cameraman, director and technical director for various projects his junior and senior years of high school.
College video production courses at the University of Southern Colorado led Jason to seek further working knowledge in news gathering. Jason transferred to Metropolitan State College of Denver in 1991 to pursue internship opportunities in the Denver market.
After a summer internship at 9NEWS, Jason was hired as an editor at the conclusion of the internship in 1992. Under the direction of Manny Sotelo, Jason became the youngest staffer entrusted to shoot news for 9KUSA-TV in Denver until 1994. (Vacation relief) Truly an honor.
After landing a staff photography job at KOCO-TV Oklahoma City in 1994-95, the bombing of the federal building knocked Jason out of bed, literally, and paved the way for returning to Denver to shoot news at KWGN-TV.
Soon afterward, Manny invited Jason to return to 9NEWS. Being a contributor at that time, to the 1996 and 1997 NPPA Station of the Year Staff, as well as a faculty member of the NPPA News Video Workshop from 1996-2001, Jason has learned from the best in television news photography. Jason won a Heartland Regional Emmy Award for General News Photography for work done in 1997, and also won the Colorado Association of Black Journalists Photographer of the Year Award in 1998.
In 1998, Jason left 9NEWS again, to pursue an opportunity to work with another former 9NEWS Photographer at FOX News Channel's Denver Bureau, but returned to 9NEWS shortly afterward and stayed until 1999. An invitation by Jason's Pastor to produce "Hope For Today," the media ministry of his church, full time, caused Jason to leave 9NEWS once again.
In 2000, Jason was hired to be part of the KDVR Fox 31 News start-up in Denver, and stayed there as a Senior Photographer until 2005, where once again he rejoined the Staff at Riverside Church as a Media Minister/Producer.
Having traveled on assignment to Moscow 2006, Uganda 2007, Mexico 2009-10, Israel and Jordan 2010, Jason has gained longer format experience, producing documentaries internationally and locally. He also has experience being a one-man-band, serving as videographer, reporter and editor under deadline during the 2008 Democratic National Convention for the client "Love Denver."
Jason has pursued freelance production from 2008-2020. Highlights include a Telly Award for Director of Photography, shooting for CNN, FOX News, University of Colorado, NCAA and for producing a crisis management video for the Douglas County Sheriff's Department after the ambush shooting of several sheriff's deputies in 2018.
Jason has a beautiful wife of 20+ years, three super awesome kids and a "Schnoodle" named "Romeo."
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