Corky Trewin Honored with 2015 E.R. "Rusty" Young Memorial Award

At our 2015 Scholar-Athlete Awards,Corky Trewin was honored with the E.R. "Rusty" Young Memorial Award.

Corky Trewin began his journalism career as a part-time sports correspondent to the local Redmond weekly newspaper as an eight grader covering the Redmond Jr. High sports teams beat. Two years later he appointed himself sports editor and photographer.

Corky TrewinAs a junior at Redmond High School, he was selected by the Seattle P-I to work weekends as the sports copy boy, i.e., running errands, tracking the sports wire ticker tape, and preparing the columns of sports scores for the back page. After graduating from Redmond High School in 1972, Trewin received a scholarship to attend the University of Kansas Journalism School.

Within one week, he became the first KU freshman to serve as a school newspaper staff photographer. The following year, KU assistant athletic director Gale Sayers hired Trewin as a recruiting photographer to prepare pamphlets and photographic pieces to send to prospective athletic recruits. He also doubled as the athletic department’s sports action photographer and traveled with the football, basketball, baseball and track teams throughout the Big 8.

In 1975 while Trewin was still at KU, the City of Seattle was awarded a National Football League franchise. Trewin wrote to newly hired General Manager John Thompson to apply for the position of team photographer. Thompson replied that the team was not ready to hire a photographer at this time, and thanked him for the interest.

Following graduation in 1977, Trewin re-submitted the letter of interest in person to Thompson and was told again there was no job. In 1978, Trewin then asked Thompson if there would be the opportunity of becoming a free agent photographer and proceeded to make photos for the team as an intern. In 1979, he was retained by the Seahawks as the team photographer as well as the photographer for the Norm Evans Seahawks Report, a weekly magazine devoted to the Seahawks. Trewin has been on the sidelines ever since.

In 1980 Trewin was hired by the Seattle Mariners as team photographer, and then became the Seattle Super Sonics team photographer in 1984. He also worked for the Seattle Sounders, Tacoma Stars and Seattle Thunderbirds as well as the University of Washington Athletic department during the ‘80’s. He has photographed 16 Super Bowls, five Final Fours, nine college bowl games including five Rose Bowls, two Olympics Games as well as the Moscow and Seattle Goodwill Games. Since his high school graduation he has photographed over 250 college football games and over 500 high school, junior high and youth football games.



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