John Catto is a veteran photojournalist with 28+ years experience in the local, national, and international newsgathering. Starting as a newsprint photographer, then moving to TV news as a cameraman/editor, John’s career is considerable. He began covering international stories with Noticiero Univision’s DC bureau shooting news assignments from to White House and Capitol Hill events to military coups to Papal visits in Latin America , and elsewhere. “Europe : ‘92” was a 1-hour documentary for the Christian Science Monitor TV news John shot which pushed him into the documentary world. Over the last 15 years, John’s lenses have tended to focus on expedition photojournalism, documenting scientific explorations, environmental conservation issues, or extreme mountain sports for National Geographic, Discovery, OLN, the VOOM Networks, etal.
The last 6 years, John has been photographing the volcanic research of Dr. Ken Sims on volcanoes around the globe.
In 2001, John produced and directed the film “JUMP!”, which has won over a dozen film festival awards.
the Wall”, a climbing documentary for National
Geographic TV (2001), won him a 2nd Emmy for electronic
cameraperson. The popular and multi award-winning "La
Escoba de Dios" was
the first joint venture of his passion as an alpinist and
of his profession as a cameraman.
When not toting around a camera, John has spent a large part of the last 35 years struggling against gravity. With many first ascents of crags and peaks in the USA, Canada, Patagonia, and the Karakoram mountains of Pakistan, John is also an accomplished alpinist and rock climber. Climbing Resume.