Recording a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden one night. Operating a studio camera for the Major League Baseball network the next. Covering the Thanksgiving parade in New York City for CBS. For freelance camera operator Craig Wozniak ’85, a typical work week is, well, anything but typical.
“Every day is a little different, which keeps it interesting,” said the radio, television and film production major. “It’s both a technical and creative process to capture the images that tell the story.
Throughout his career, Wozniak has documented everything from national political conventions to police patrols to press events for major motion pictures. In 2000, he added professional sports to his portfolio, working for Fox Sports, CBS and Comcast. He won two technical team Sports Emmys for electronic camera operation for the show “MLB Tonight” in 2011 and 2013
“I can often be found at NBA, NHL and MLS events in the New York City area, as well as HBO boxing and college sports,” he explained, “usually working a hand-held, shoulder-mounted camera.”
Although he was hired as an audio-visual technician only months after graduation, Wozniak gained valuable hands-on experience through his involvement with radio and television production through Messiah.
“Those experiences set the foundation for what would eventually become a 30-year career working in a field that is both challenging and rewarding on a daily basis,” he said.