John Kirtley founded Sound Of Life Media in 2016 to spread his passion for the importance of high-quality visual storytelling in television news. He enjoys helping his clients achieve their goals in local markets all over the country and at the national level.
John told stories throughout the country, from Myrtle Beach, SC to Portland, OR, finishing his newsroom career as the Assistant Chief Photojournalist at WLOS-TV in Asheville, NC.
In his decade-long career as a storyteller, he won numerous awards, including 10 Emmy’s, 5 Edward R. Murrow awards and was named the NPPA’s Ernie Crisp Photojournalist of the Year - Runner-up, the industry's highest honor for photojournalism.
John has spoken at workshops throughout the country, was the co-director of the NPPA Southeast Storytelling Workshop and is the director of the annual Sound of Life Storytelling Workshop.
John lives in Asheville, NC with his wife and three children. He loves supporting independent music, sports (go Duke, Hornets, Braves, Dolphins!) and a family beach trip.