Grayson Kamm and Todd Halvorson are a dynamic duo that shows us what they experienced from the other side of the camera.
In the beginning of this series, the speakers take us to Kennedy Space Center, where every man, woman and child were glued to their television set to see what was going to happen next. Kamm gives an in depth depiction of the 1997 Delta II explosion and what it was like covering that story.
Kamm is a multi-media journalist for 10 News. “The team at 10 News has a reputation around the state as a group of award-winning journalists. I'm fortunate to have been honored with several awards during my career,” said Kamm. “My work has been recognized with three regional Emmy Awards, twenty individual and team awards from the Florida Associated Press, a national Edward R. Murrow Award, a regional Murrow Award, and a national Bronze Telly Award.”
“I've also spent much of my career as a military affairs reporter, telling the stories of the men and women who serve our country and the families who support them. I've filed stories from the Atlantic Ocean during the final voyage of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy, and I've reported from Coast Guard helicopters, Air Force launch pads, Marine Corps barracks, Army homecoming parties, and Navy ships and submarines,” said Kamm.
Continuing with his talk, Kamm tells the audience about another memorable story, which was the Columbia disaster. “On a cold February morning in 2003, I was at the Kennedy Space Center's runway to cover the landing of Space Shuttle Columbia when the shuttle broke apart over Texas. I never thought my first appearance on CNN would be for such an awful thing that hit so close to home,” said Kamm.
Also covering the 2003 disaster was a friend and a fellow journalist Todd Halvorson. Halvorson has worked as an aerospace reporter for Florida Today and USA Today based at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. He has covered U.S. and international space exploration programs for more than 25 years and played key roles in covering the investigations into the 1986 Challenger explosion and the 2003 Columbia disaster.
A winner of the American Institute of Physic’s Science Writing Award, Halvorson also accepted the Science Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and he won the Robert S. Ball Memorial Award from the Aviation/Space Writers Association.
Media played a large role for the Kennedy Space Center during a wonderful time of exploration. And this series takes you behind scenes and shows you the dedication of each individual and business that gave to the Space Age.