Pat Shannahan Multimedia: slideshow image 1
Pat Shannahan Multimedia: slideshow image 2
Pat Shannahan Multimedia: slideshow image 3
Pat Shannahan Multimedia: slideshow image 4
Pat Shannahan Multimedia: slideshow image 5
    Video: Arizona's Demolition Boat Race

    Video: Arizona’s Demolition Boat Race

    This was a story a year in the making. Nearly a year ago a friend who competes in demolition derbies called to tell me about this crazy race he drove in called a waterless boat race. Drivers drag fiberglass boats around a soapy asphalt track, trying to take out each other’s boats. The last driver […]

    Continue Reading

    Video: A Trek Back in Time

    Video: A Trek Back in Time

    A Trek Through Time from Pat Shannahan on Vimeo. In 1973, three friends dressed like mountain men and rode horseback from Phoenix, Arizona, to Canada… just for the fun of it. The only modern device they took with them was a camera.

    Continue Reading

    Justice Delayed: How an AZ man was convicted of a double murder, sentenced to life... and released after 38 years.

    Justice Delayed: How an AZ man was convicted of a double murder, sentenced to life… and released after 38 years.

      Bill Macumber was convicted of a double murder, sentenced to life in prison… and then released after 38 years. He continues to profess his innocence and there is evidence another man might have been the real killer. This is a mini documentary I produced for The Arizona Republic. You can read the full story […]

    Continue Reading

    Faces of Deferred Action: Photos of Undocumented Youth Coming Out of the Shadows

    Faces of Deferred Action: Photos of Undocumented Youth Coming Out of the Shadows

    The deferred action program, which allows many young illegal immigrants to seek a work permit and protection from deportation, is bringing untold numbers out of the shadows. The program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, allows some undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. before their 16th birthday to apply for permission to stay and have […]

    Continue Reading

    Along the US and Mexico Border

    Along the US and Mexico Border

    Nogales Border Crossing – Images by Pat Shannahan I went on a recent trip to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, with a reporter from our sister newspaper La Voz. We spent a day working on a story about unaccompanied minor immigrants and the next day we went out with an officer from Grupo Beta. They are a […]

    Continue Reading

    Leaving Arizona: A Family of Illegal Immigrants Flee's Arizona's Immigration Law

    Leaving Arizona: A Family of Illegal Immigrants Flee’s Arizona’s Immigration Law

    Over the summer I worked with reporter Dan Gonzalez on a photo story following two families of illegal immigrants living in the West Valley as they moved to Pennsylvania because of Arizona’s new immigration law SB1070. I concentrated on the Sanchez family. Luis, the dad, and his wife Marlen both came to the U.S. illegally. […]

    Continue Reading

    Blog/ Daily Work

    Video- A World War Two Love Story

    Not every Veterans Day story is a war story. This one is a love story. It took World War two for Frank and Scotty Hobbs to find each other. So many of our family histories, including my own, hinge on the fact that someone went to war and fell in love along the way.

    Pat Shannahan

    Two Rocky Mountain Emmy Wins!!!!

    emmy2

    I was excited to win two Rocky Mountain Emmys this year. The first was for a series of stories on logging and fire that won in the Environmental category. The second was for a collaboration with 12 News where I  shot the story and they did their own edit. If you would have told me five years ago that my newspaper would be winning TV Emmys I would have thought you were crazy.

    Video: Mushroom Hunting

    There are bold mushroom hunters and there are old mushroom hunters, but there are no old and bold mushroom hunters.
    She knows the difference between the mushrooms that will kill you and the ones that are tasty. He knows how to turn her tasty finds into fine dining. They combine forces to share their passions at Coppa Cafe in Flagstaff, AZ.

    Video: Arizona’s Demolition Boat Race


    This was a story a year in the making. Nearly a year ago a friend who competes in demolition derbies called to tell me about this crazy race he drove in called a waterless boat race. Drivers drag fiberglass boats around a soapy asphalt track, trying to take out each other’s boats. The last driver to have a boat, or anything resembling a boat wins. After scolding him for not telling me about it before he did the race I made him promise that he’d give me enough warning before the next one so we could cover it. It sounded like an awesome video story that would be a blast to shoot.

    He called a few weeks ago and said he was getting his car ready for a boat race in Lake Havasu. We decided to try and mount a couple of GoPro cameras to his car. He welded a few spots that I thought would give us some great angles. I was most excited about mounting one in the space where his headlight once was. I knew the odds were against the camera surviving but we thought it was worth taking the chance.

    Lynn French and I went up to Lake Havasu with the plan to shoot the race from as many angles as possible. We covered the race with seven cameras- three on the car, one in the stands, one looking up a straight away, and one in each of our hands.

    When I saw the car go through the first boat I instantly thought the front mounted camera was destroyed. After the race I was surprised when I saw the little red blinking light on the cameras indicating that it was still recording. It survived.

    This was easily the most fun I have had at a shoot in a long time. I hope you have as much fun watching it as we did putting it together.

    Video: Phoenix’s Real Life Bruce Wayne


    Phoenix may not have a real life Batman but we do have a real life Bruce Wayne. A crazy idea to buy a Batmobile led him down a path to build his very own Batcave and start a charity that helps make sick kids and their families feel like super heros.