Bev Chapman is a six-time Emmy award winning writer and reporter who worked for KMBC-TV, the ABC affiliate in Kansas City, for over 20 years. A recipient of three prestigious regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, Bev has also won several state and local honors for feature and investigative reporting. Her documentary work is included in the collection of the Museum of Broadcast History in Chicago.
After 35 years meeting deadlines, Bev quit full-time general assignment reporting and switched to “Special Projects” and freelance video production in 2010.
During her career in commercial TV she worked as a an anchor, weather caster, covered sports, politics and breaking news.
Some of her most high-profile stories took her to Thailand, Sri Lanka, Spain, Germany, Vietnam, France, Africa, Costa Rica, India, Switzerland and the Dominican Republic.
Bev served for 6 years as a faculty member of the National Press Photographer Associations’ Advanced Team Storytelling Workshop, volunteering her time to teach young journalists. She is also active in the Kansas City community where she and her husband led an annual medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic for 17 years.
She is currently working in video production, shooting H.D. video and editing. She’s also a passionate still photographer.
Bev has just completed her fourth documentary in as many years. “Prairie Suite: Symphony in the Flint Hills,” aired on KSHB-TV in August. In many ways it was a dream assignment, allowing her to wander the wide open spaces with her camera. She worked with a talented crew from channel 41 and met some wonderful characters.
In 2015, she created “50 Seasons Strong,” the story of the Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede, Colorado. It is a most unlikely success story of an ensemble cast of actors and towns people determined to make a regional theatre work.
In 2014, she released “Big Burn”, a documentary about the 2013 West Fork Fire Complex. It was the largest naturally-caused forest fire in Colorado history. “Big Burn” played at the Breckenridge Film Festival as well as theatres in Southwest Colorado.
In 2013, Bev co-produced a documentary about the first man to summit Mt Everest twice. “Nawang Gombu: Heart of a Tiger” appeared at mountain and film festivals in Jackson Hole, Telluride, Breckenridge, Mountain Rainier and New Delhi, India.
She is currently working on a project about bald eagles and the people who’ve helped their population grow in Kansas.
Bev is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.