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Video- A World War Two Love Story

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 […]


Video: Mushroom Hunting

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 […]


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 […]


Video: Phoenix’s Real Life Bruce Wayne

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.


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.


Unlikely Forgiveness

Unlikely Forgiveness

What’s the worst thing you ever forgave someone for? Dominic Murphy found a way to forgive the most unlikely of people-the man police say murdered his son. Andrew Murphy, 16, was walking to a Phoenix park with his younger sisters when an armed robber approached them. Andrew stepped in between the gunman and his sisters […]


Video:Logging Family Legacy

Video:Logging Family Legacy

Dwayne Walker’s family has been logging Arizona’s White Mountains for four generations. In that time logging technology has gone from men on the ground with saws to high tech machines capable of cutting down a huge tree in seconds. This is part of a larger package I did on Western Jobs in Arizona. Some of […]


Video:Fierce Protectors

Video:Fierce Protectors

The Bikers Against Child Abuse go way beyond charity rides. These guys ride with a purpose: to empower children who are the victims of child abuse.They do this by making kids feel protected and helping them find the strength to testify agains their accusers so they can start to heal. This was a pretty amazing […]


Video: Coverage of Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Law

Video: Coverage of Arizona's Medical Marijuana Law

As Arizona tries to figure out how to implement it’s voter approved medical marijuana law, some veterans are finding themselves stuck between the federal government and the state government.


Video: The Boxcar

Video: The Boxcar

Holocaust survivor Helan Handler last saw her family together in a boxcar on the way to Auschwitz. She was the only member of her family to survive. She is on the board of a group that have brought a similar boxcar to Arizona to be part of The Holocaust & Tolerance Museum.


Video: Unusual Twist

Video: Unusual Twist

Judy spins her yarn with an extra special ingredient; one that is found very close to home. I really enjoyed hanging out with Judy. She does this with the hopes of finding an animal rescue group to help out. She’s a kind hearted lady with a good sense of humor. I looked online to see […]


Video: Pot Bellied Love

Video: Pot Bellied Love

So how passionate are you about the things you care about? Would you give up your paycheck? How about never taking a vacation? That’s how passionate this couple is about pot bellied pigs. They rescue them by the hundreds.


Video: It’s Never Too Late

Video: It's Never Too Late

Larry is a 72-year-old retired truck driver who never learned to read, until he started taking classes four days a week with a reading teacher in Chandler, AZ. He didn’t speak until he was 10-years-old because of a medical condition. Schools in the rural Ohio area he grew up in passed him along from grade […]


Emmy Win

Emmy Win

I’m excited to share that a video package I shot and produced won a Rocky Mountain Emmy in the environmental category. It is The Arizona Republic’s first Emmy. The story is a profile on a local cotton farmer who is a pioneer in water conservation. It’s encouraging to see that all of our paper’s hard […]


Video: Junkyard Music Man

Video: Junkyard Music Man

This is an profile of artist Joe Willie Smith who makes musical instruments out of found objects. He mics up the instruments and runs them through a Fender guitar amp. One of his inventions was used in the soundtrack for Alice in Wonderland. Everything was shot with a Canon 5dmk2 and a Canon 1Dmk4 DSLR.


Video: Break

Video: Break

This is a story about a local dance and gymnastics instructor who helped out a group of break dancers. I first saw these break dancers while covering a community event in GIlbert, Arizona. They seemed to defy gravity. Once I talked with them they explained how a local gym owner helped them out and it […]


Video: The Hardest Decision

Video: The Hardest Decision

Sophia beat two types of cancer before getting leukemia. After an unsuccessful bone marrow transplant her parents faced the hardest decision two parents can make: stopping treatment. This is without a doubt the saddest story I have ever told. A reporter and I started following Sophia and her family weeks before she went into hospice […]


Video: Arizona Rose Farm

Video: Arizona Rose Farm

A few weeks ago I spent a few mornings in the West Valley photographing a rose farm. Leyton Woolf grows millions of rose bushes every year that are then shipped out across the county to be sold in garden stores. Our timing to do the story was pretty good as all the fields were blooming. […]


Video:Up and Away

Video:Up and Away

Sam Kelly is a shy boy. The autistic teen usually won’t talk to someone unfamiliar to him. His care taker noticed he liked hot air balloons and decided to take him out to see some launch. Over the next five years Hot Air Expeditions befriended the boy. When he first started going out to see […]


Video: Wild Horse Trainer

Video: Wild Horse Trainer

Randy Helm has a passion for training wild horses. It typically takes months of work and patience to earn the trust of the horse. Since 1993 Helm has trained around 30 wild horses. The horses he trains come from a U.S. Bureau of Land Management program that finds homes for wild horses taken off the […]


Video: Umpire Comeback

Video: Umpire Comeback

John Woods had dreams of umpiring in the big leagues. He was one the right path to making it happen when a suffered a traumatic brain injury while umpiring winter ball in Venezuela. The injury left him in coma for three weeks. Afterwards he had to learn to walk again. Some people won’t quit. Joh […]


Video: Mini-Maestro

Video: Mini-Maestro

Mini-Maestro from Pat Shannahan on Vimeo. Four-year-old Jonathan Okseniuk has been playing the violin for a little over a year. The he was recently asked to play a song during a holiday performance by the Chandler Symphony Orchestra. The mini-maestro is a bit of a Youtube star. Over 1,700,000 people have watched video’s of him […]


Video: Fields of White

Video: Fields of White

Fields of White from Pat Shannahan on Vimeo. I’ve always been stuck at how beautiful a cotton field can be when it’s ready to be harvested. Howard Wuertz’s family has farmed cotton in Pinal County, Ariz., since the 30s. He’s considered a pioneer in using sub-surface drip irrigation to grow cotton in Arizona. By using […]


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. […]