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Tim Broekema is a busy man. So busy that he didn’t even have the time to write his own damn biography. He had a ghost writer do it. Tim is a very powerful man if he can command ghosts.

As a professor of Photojournalism at Western Kentucky University, Broekema has helped shove hundreds of students out into the real world of photojournalism and they still love him dearly. His students have won truckloads of top Hearst honors, NPPA, CPOY and POYi awards and accolades for their work. His students have landed jobs at various alphabet-laden organizations like CNN, MSNBC, TIME, the LA Times and the other Times on the right coast. Broekema has taught them well.

Apart from being the type of teacher other teachers strive to be (note from ghost writer: that will be an extra 20 bucks), Tim has a long and successful career as a visual journalist. He originally attended WKU himself back in the Stone Age. He’s worked first as a photog, then an editor at the Louisville Courier-Journal, The Providence Journal, The Kalamazoo Gazette, The Chicago Tribune and Pravda (just seeing if you’re paying attention).

He is generally the consummate professional except for the time he tripped over a video camera crane while filming a room full of journalists. If he breaks out a dolly, hoist or boom during his talk, take my advice and run for the exits (or set your cameras on AUTO and wait for the hilarity to ensue.)

Tim is one of the movers and shakers behind the storied Mountain Workshops held every year in small Kentucky towns. And if you can believe it, he was the Creative Director for the University of Kentucky hospital. He may someday actually perform routine gall bladder removals.

Maybe not.

Did we mention his team Emmy, his team Pulitzer, his freelance football filming, his award-winning inauguration coverage, his POY and NPPA thingys and some crazy honor from The Daughters of the American Revolution? He even won something called the Talisman Award which, quite frankly, sounds a bit frightening so don’t mess with him; sit quietly in your seats and don’t make any sudden movements.

So like the old saying goes, if ain’t Broekema, don’t fixema, (note from ghost writer: I’ll give you back those 20 bucks).