Broadcasting has been a part of Kim Marriner’s life for more than 35 years.
It all started at a 5,000 watt radio station in Denver, Colorado back in 1965 and continued through to the CBS owned and operated television station in Los Angeles, California. Along the way there were stops in Palm Springs, California, Tucson, Arizona and Seattle, Washington. As a general assignment news reporter and broadcast anchorman, Kim has been honored with a half dozen Emmy Awards, several Golden Mike trophies and countless plaques and certificates for journalistic excellence. During his career he has covered stories on several continents ranging from volcanic eruptions to disastrous earthquakes and from devastating wildfires to bloody riots.
Born in Buffalo, New York, Kim’s father was a physician and his mother a nurse. Along with an older brother and younger sister, the family’s early years were spent in Michigan, Illinois, and New York before migrating to California in the late fifties where Kim received his formal education. Working as a disc jockey in ‘Rock Radio’ helped pay for tuition & books, but his goal was a career in television news. That goal was reached in 1968 when Kim began co-anchoring ‘The Desert Report’ nightly newscast on KMIR-TV in Palm Springs, California. During the 70’s Kim anchored the 5 & 11 pm news broadcasts on KIRO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Seattle, Washington. The 80’s and 90’s brought him to Los Angeles where he served as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor at KCBS-TV. For several years Kim served as on-camera host for Physician’s Journal Update on the Lifetime Television Network, a program designed specifically for doctors. He also served as Entertainment Reporter for News Information Weekly Service (N.I.W.S.), a syndicated service providing material to hundreds of television stations around the country.
The new millennium brought a new phase to Kim’s career. He began writing, producing, and directing documentaries. His producing partner is Tami Lynn who is no stranger to the world of production; she has spent three decades as a Personal Manager in Hollywood, guiding the careers of several notable celebrities. Tami Lynn is also no stranger to Kim, they’ve been married for 26 years Together they produced a one hour documentary titled “Given A Chance…a little girl’s journey”. The program traces the life of an adopted young lady with cerebral palsy, and explores the urgent need for finding permanent homes for children with “special needs”. Featured in the program are actors Billy Bob Thornton, Henry Winkler, the late John Ritter and several others.
There are still several important topics Kim Marriner and Tami Lynn plan to examine within the framework of their unique documentary style. Yes, 35 years in broadcasting, and the best is yet to come.