Brian Wicker is a nightside photographer for 10TV.
The Sandusky, Ohio, native said he thrives on being the first photographer at the scene of breaking news so that he can provide viewers with the most up-to-date coverage.
Wicker said he enjoys bringing the news closer to viewers by using his experience to draw the viewer into the story, using creative editing and natural sound to his stories.
Wicker began his career at WSAZ-TV in Huntington, W.Va., while finishing his last quarter of school at Ohio University. He worked there for six months as a weekend photographer before moving to Columbus in 1999 to work for the Ohio News Network.
He spent five years at ONN, traveling Ohio and covering everything from politics to sports. He moved to 10TV as a nightside photographer in 2004.
Wicker said his most memorable story he covered was being with the Ohio State football team during their 2005 trip to the Fiesta Bowl.
"One story, in particular, that I will never forget was covering the OSU band practice at 9 a.m. on New Year's Day," Wicker said. "Imagine waking up at sunrise on New Year's Day after a late night of work to cover a band practice. It doesn't sound very exciting, but once we got to the high school where they were to practice, we found a full parking lot and hundreds of excited fans. I remember feeding off of their energy and enthusiasm to get my creative juices going."
2005: Ohio News Photographers Association/fifth place; Clip Contest year end points standings
2004: First place Associated Press; Best Documentary (Hope Across the Ohio)
2004: Emmy Nomination for Best Documentary
2003: First place AP; Best Use of Photography (Underground Railroad)
2003: First place Cleveland Press Club; Feature Photography
2001: First place AP; Outstanding Coverage of a Scheduled Event (National Conventions)