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An Oklahoma native, Emmy Award-winning cinematographer/director Mitch Wilson has loved flying for as long as he can remember. As a young boy, he was introduced to airplanes by his father, who worked as a production planner for American Airlines, and his fascination with aviation has grown ever since.
Wilson began his career in the Navy as an underwater photographer in the combat camera group. He went to work as a television news photographer in Oklahoma City, Houston and Dallas, where he won the National Press Photographers Association Award for TV News Photographer of the Year in 1983. In 1984, he moved to Los Angeles, where he has worked steadily in commercial and public television and earned numerous awards, including multiple L.A. Emmys.
Wilson is well known for an expressionistic style that moves seamlessly from actuality to visual metaphor. Over the past eight years, he and his partner, producer/writer/director Carl Byker, have been responsible for such acclaimed PBS documentaries as KCET's The Great War And the Shaping of the 20th Century, an eight-hour social history of World War I that won the 1996 primetime Emmy Award for Best Non-Fiction Series, as well as a Peabody Award, a Dupont Award from the Columbia School of Journalism and the Kodak Vision Award; The Duel, a film about the deadly confrontation between Hamilton and Burr; and The Human Quest, a four-part KCET production about the evolution of the human brain.
He is currently collaborating with Byker on a three-hour history of Woodrow Wilson, produced by KCET for WGBH's American Experience series, which will air in the spring of 2002, and a four-hour series on the origins of Judaism, Wrestling with God, which will be seen on PBS in the spring of 2003.