Liam Hyland

Camera Operator/ENG Technician, CTV National

Bachelor of Journalism (Hons.), Journalism and History, 2008

My liberal arts education provided me with a critical lens from which to view the human condition.

Liam Hyland hand-delivered his application to former King’s journalism director Kim Kierans, unsure if his high school marks would be good enough.

“On paper it may not look great, but if you give me a chance, I’ll show you that I can do it,” Hyland says he told Kierans.

“I’ll never forget it, too,” he says. “At the end of my three years there, when I was graduating, Kim came up to me and said, ‘You definitely didn’t let me down, and you didn’t let any of us down.’”

Liam has kept moving up, and also south, working at the CTV Los Angeles bureau from 2011. He’s seen the exciting stuff—the Stanley Cup, the Olympics, the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s royal baby, the Academy Awards, and President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba—but also, he says, some not-so-great things. Most recently, he’s covered the protests in Ferguson Missouri, the impact of typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines, and two hurricanes: Isaac in New Orleans, and superstorm Sandy in New York.

“It’s a front-row seat to some of the best things that happen and, sometimes, not the best things,” says Hyland, “but you’re on the front line of bringing that to people.”

Hyland’s work is also front row. In 2013, he won the Roy Tash Award for Spot News from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers for his story about Hurricane Isaac, as well as the Southern California Journalism Award from LA Press Club for his feature on William Shatner.

Liam gives credit to his King’s education for the ability to orient himself in a quickly changing, and often turbulent, field of work:

“My liberal arts education provided me with a critical lens from which to view the human condition. An understanding of power and my own hegemony prepared me to handle the crisis, the turmoil and the celebration presented by my many encounters as an international cinematographer.”

Studying multiple points of view with a critical eye, and debating conclusions with peers at King’s developed Hyland’s capacity to navigate “the many realities of our global village“ which “contributed to my career success, as well as enhancing my personal life“.

Posted: Apr. 2016

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