David Zapatka

David Zapatka is a freelance national network television news and sports director of photography whose work regularly appears on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, HBO and PBS, as well as syndicated shows like The Dr. Oz Show and Science Channel’s Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. Through the years he has worked with many top television journalists, including Tom Brokaw, Jane Pauley, Peter Jennings, Bryant Gumbel, Charles Kurault, Bob Dotson, Bob Costas, Ted Koppel and Connie Chung.

Zapatka worked Olympic broadcasts from 1992–2012, winning two National Sports Emmy awards with NBC for the Salt Lake City games in 2002 and the Torino Games in 2010. In 2013 he began a personal still photography project called Stars and Lights, shooting lighthouses of the Northeast in a way seldom seen before-under clear, star-filled skies on new moon nights. His works have gained international attention and are to be published in a coffeetable book scheduled for a summer 2017 release.

Zapatka graduated with a BA in Mass Communications from Rhode Island College. He is a juried member of the Wickford Art Association and lives in North Kingstown with his wife Lisa.

  • BA, Rhode Island College


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