Tom Zizzi has been working in the San Diego television industry since 1978, when he took a job as a news photographer and editor at KFMB-TV. He was hired by Jim Holtzman, who was the news director at KTUL-TV in Tulsa, where Zizzi got his start in news business in 1973. Those were the days of 16mm news film, which required chemical developing and mechanical editing, but the process was familiar to Zizzi. As a kid, he had become fascinated with the camera and had been developing film since he was in grade school.
At KFMB, Zizzi experienced the industryʼs complete transition away from film to videotape, and the challenge of covering news in a “big city” environment. On the job barely three months, Zizzi can recall the day that PSA Flight 187 crashed into a North Park neighborhood, less than a mile from his home.
Tom left KFMB in 1982 with a desire to freelance and explore other areas of production, particularly in the realm of business-related video. He produced work for Home Federal Savings and The McMillin Companies as well as TV spots and music videos.
In 1990, as KUSI prepared to debut its News At Ten, Tom Zizzi joined the new staff there working first as sports photographer and then as chief photographer until 2009. He found it particularly challenging and fun to be involved in the “start-up” process and Zizzi supervised a growing staff of photographers and editors as local news programming expanded to include a 4-hour morning show and a 6PM newscast.
Through the years at KFMB and KUSI, Zizzi received a variety of Emmy© and Golden Mike Awards as producer, cinematographer, editor, lighting director, and audio engineer.
Currently, Tom Zizzi is an independent producer and works with a local production company, Diamond Production Group, developing new projects. He continues to freelance in news at NBC San Diego, and is a regular contributor to NBCʼs local music show “SoundDiego.” He is also wrapping up post-production on a documentary film by Clint Burkett, about a local musician, Steve White, who was a colorful songwriter and one-man band and a skilled fine arts painter (stay tuned for this film!).
Zizzi has a 32 year-old son, Jordan, who is in the retail music business in San Francisco.
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