DURHAM, NC – Television personality and budding photojournalist Drew Carey has accepted an appointment to the National Press Photographers Association's new national board of directors, NPPA president Bob Carey announced today.
In addition to being a comedian, actor, producer, and the current host of the long-running CBS Television hit “The Price is Right”, Drew Carey is also an owner of the Seattle Sounders FC (Major League Soccer) and he's a published sports photographer, having covered World Cup Soccer and the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team. In 2006 while photographing the World Cup for International Sports Images, he also hosted Drew Carey's Sporting Adventures for the Travel Channel, and the show featured his efforts to become a sports photojournalist.
“If I wasn't a comic or television star, I really wanted to be a photojournalist," Carey told Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch in 2005 as the photographer and his cameras followed the United States Men's National Soccer Team.
"I really envy [photojournalist] Carolyn Cole of the Los Angeles Times and when I see Christiane Amanpour on CNN I think to myself, 'Man, wouldn't it be great to be her cameraman and just be there with her at these cool places where history is changing?’”
The entertainer's board appointment is a direct result of the board's June 2009 vote to amend the NPPA Bylaws and among other changes, allow NPPA's president to appoint three people to the panel. In January, Tom Kennedy and Ron Londen were appointed NPPA's board, joining the six members elected to the panel in December.
“I am excited about Drew agreeing to serve on the board," NPPA president Bob Carey (no relation) said today. "He has experience as a sports photographer, but he also brings other aspects to the board that we have never had – sports franchise owner and celebrity. I think that as we move forward in a changing profession, it is important to bring other viewpoints to the board. Drew offers a unique perspective; he has been on both sides of the camera and has had an interest in photography, multimedia, and video for several years. He should give the board some insight that we normally wouldn't have.”