Jack Perkins worked for forty years in television – first as a correspondent for NBC News, later as a host of the acclaimed A&E series “Biography.”
Retiring with his wife to an uninhabited island off the coast of Maine, he began working in new ways – writing poetry, and studying with many great photographers at the Maine Photographic Workshops, learning the skills of fine art photography.
At first, that meant lugging an old-fashioned view camera out into the field, returning to his island home and its basement darkroom. Later, as technology began transforming the craft, Perkins transformed with it.
Now, living on an island in Florida, his photography is digital. The finest cameras, computer workflow, printers, papers and inksets permit a quality and an archival print longevity never before possible.
He and his wife, the artist Mary Jo Perkins, live now on an island off the west coast of Florida.
Jen Noble knows the power of great storytelling. How it is told is just as important as what is being told. She has a gift of taking a story subject, infusing it with powerful imagery and heartfelt writing to ultimately touch viewers. Her creative talent has earned her several awards, including 6 Emmys, 18 Emmy nominations, Associated Press Award and The Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade Award.
Jen has held the title of Senior Show Producer of “A Gulf Coast Journal with Jack Perkins’ since its premiere season in 2004. The position requires acute attention to detail in all aspects of production. She is responsible for interviewing subjects, field producing, writing and overall quality of the show. The Journal airs weekly on WEDU-TV and PBS stations statewide. During her tenure, the program has won 9 Emmy Awards and 33 nominations.
Uncovering the heart of a story is Jen’s strength. It’s the reason she thoroughly enjoys telling stories for The Journal. Her writing style lends itself to host Jack Perkins’ soothing delivery and the program’s unhurried pace.
Jen began her TV career as a reporter and talk show host in the Tampa Bay market and learned she preferred producing overall projects to contributing segments. For eight years, she was special projects producer for NBC’s Tampa affiliate, WFLA-TV, producing daily feature packages, documentaries and special series.
In 1998, Jen left to pursue more creative producing and writing interests and Jenesis Productions, Inc. was born. Her work has aired on PBS, NBC, CBS, CNN, HGTV, Animal Planet and Discovery Health.
In her spare time, Jen enjoys running, biking, working out and discovering new adventures with her son, Ethan.