Who’s the best solo video journalist in the country? If you ask the NPPA, the answer is Dave Delozier, the winner of the first-ever solo VJ of the year award. That would be the same Dave Delozier of KUSA-TV in Denver who won the TV news photographer of the year award in 1988. In other words, he’s no kid. So how did a guy who’s been in the business for 30 years reinvent himself so successfully?
Writing in News Photographer magazine, photojournalist Scott Jensen describes Delozier’s determination to prove that “the definition of quality wouldn’t change even as changes were happening all around him.” When KUSA, a preeminent photojournalism shop, announced it was expanding the use of VJs two years ago, Delozier stepped up. At the age of 53, he went back to what he’d done at the beginning of his career–reporting, writing, shooting and editing–as a one-man band.
“I don’t think you should ever rule anything out in your career,” Delozier told Jensen, “because if you do, you’re giving up possibilities. This has opened up doors and challenges I hadn’t dreamed of.” Delozier says one reason he gave up working alone in the first place was that he didn’t think his broadcast voice was good enough. Now he’s sorry he didn’t stick with it. In fact, Delozier says, “I’m having more fun doing what I’m doing now than at any other time in my career.”
His work shows it. Take a look: