SEATTLE -- Every time reporters and photographers go out into the field it is a team effort. And if you talk to those who worked with Bill Strothman, there was no one else you’d want on your team when you’re covering a story.
He was kind, gracious and ridiculously talented—an inspiration to all photojournalists including his own son.
“He was a cool dad. He was definitely a cool guy, he was definitely the nicest guy,” said Dan Strothman, Bill’s son.
Like father like son. Even in the face of tragedy, Dan Strothman chooses to focus on the positive.
“We’re definitely all going to miss him, but it’s safe to say he made an impact in this world that will live beyond, that will live forever," said Dan. "I mean I just think about that.”
And when Dan thinks about his dad he thinks about how patient he was, but also determined.
Back when Bill first applied for a job at KOMO he was turned down. He didn’t give up.
“And he called up the person who was in charge of the hiring and he said, ‘I just want to let you know I think you made a bad mistake by not hiring me,’” recalled Dan.
That call got Bill the job—and how it’s paid off! Strothman would go on to become chief photographer, win 13 Emmys and be named regional photographer of the year by the National Press Photographer’s Association. It was a job he loved.
Dan says every day for the past 30 years, it showed: “He was such a kind person and such a great human that he was able to find the human connection in everything he did.”
Dan was inspired, too. He, too, is a photojournalist at KOMO.
“Telling people’s stories was definitely one of my my main motivators. Now, I’m not nearly as good as my dad, like I never would be. But I’m still doing what I love.”
Despite all the darkness of this day, Dan finds lights in his father’s legacy. “He was a man of deep faith and he did everything in his life to create a better world and he definitely did.”
Bill Strothman is survived by his son, his daughter Heidi and his wife Nora. He was 62 years old.