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Bill Strothman, Photojournalist Killed in Seattle Helicopter Crash: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Bill Strothman, 62, an award winning photojournalist and videographer has been named by KOMO News, as one of the men killed in this morning’s helicopter crash in downtown Seattle. The other man killed was pilot, Gary Fitzner.

Here’s what you need to know about Bill Strothman:


1. Strothman Was Highly Decorated

He was the winner of thirteen regional Emmy awards. In 1990, he was selected as the Regional Television Photographer of the Year. As well as a “Best of the West” award for documentary production.

Documentary movie producer Mary Peterson, said about Strothman:

Bill is one of my favorite video photographers to work with. And he’s the very best at crafting a story. I’m always learning from him. He’s the nicest guy, and has the highest integrity and sense of values. When we work together on video projects, I always know I have a strong partner who will contribute immensely to the final product and that we’ll end up a happy client.


2. His Son Worked With Him

Bill Strothman Son Dan

Bill Strothman’s son, Dan, pictured with his mother and Bill’s wife, Nora. (Facebook)

He was a contract employee at KOMO News. On his LinkedIn page, it states that he previously worked full-time for the organization. Strothman’s son, Dan, is also a photographer, he works at KOMO.


3. After Leaving KOMO, He Founded His Own Company

He had his own production company, Glass Mountain Video Productions, that he founded in 2008. According to his Facebook page, Strothman “worked for KOMO for 28 years. Left in 2008 to go freelance.”

On the official website for Glass Mountain Productions, it says:

Bill often teams up with his wife Nora, a former radio journalist and one of the first women to head a broadcast news department in the state of Oregon. Nora provides script and production support as well as voice over talent.

On Strothman’s LinkedIn page, he describes Glass Mountain as a “Seattle based, full service broadcast quality high definition video production company. We serve corporate, non profit and broadcast clients.”

As one of his freelance gigs, Strothman worked for Helicopters Inc. since January 2008. He says on his LinkedIn that he usually flies in a Bell 407 helicopter and uses a “FLIR Ultra Media stabilized camera system.”


4. Strothman Was an Economics Major in College

He was a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Economics and Communications as part of the class of 1974. Strothman graduated from Shoreline High School in Shoreline, Washington in 1970.


5. One Man Who Knew Strothman Called Him a ‘Great Man With a Greater Eye’

His death has resulted in an outpouring of emotion on Twitter from his former co-workers:

WATCH: Space Needle Helicopter Crash Caught on Camera

In Seattle, Washington, right near the Space Needle, a KOMO news helicopter crashed and at least two are dead. You can see the videos here.

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