KING investigative photojournalist Adam Thompson died last Friday at the age of 44.
On Saturday, Jake Wiederrich, the news director at Seattle Fox owned station KCPQ, reached across affiliate lines to offer his station’s help so the staff at NBC affiliate KING could attend a memorial for Thompson.
“Jake Wiederrich and I are both News Directors in Seattle. We are competitors. Until we’re not,” KING news director Julie Wolfe wrote on LinkedIn. “Saturday morning, as soon as he heard about the death of KING 5 Media Group photojournalist Adam Thompson, he sent an email offering condolences and offering to help, including newsgathering help so our team could attend a memorial.”
“And then, today, these beautiful flowers arrived in our newsroom,” she wrote. “I’ve always believed that a strong journalism market makes us all better,” wrote Wolfe. “While we compete in so many ways, we all believe in the importance of an informed public.”
Thompson died early Friday morning after being diagnosed with brain cancer one month ago.
The station said he married Amber Litz, a video editor at KING, last weekend.
“Thompson will be remembered for his creativity, positive attitude and love of journalism, but, more importantly, as a great human being,” KING wrote on its website.