Rod Hanna began his journalism career as a reporter for the Davenport (IA) Times-Democrat in 1962 and became a staff photographer in 1963. By 1965 he was winning awards and was recruited to go to work for the Topeka (KS) Capital-Journal under the tutelage of Director of Photography Rich Clarkson, who at the time was also shooting extensively for Sports Illustrated. One of the favorite pictures Rod made during his time in Davenport was a portrait of the visiting Dr. Martin Luther King.
Rod began photographing Professional Football games in the fall of 1965 for the Capitol-Journal, covering games of the American Football League's Kansas City Chiefs. He covered the last game played by an AFL team with his SI shoot of the AFL Chiefs' upset of the NFL Vikings in Super Bowl IV. By 1967 he was promoted to Chief Photographer for the newspaper. His photograph of Max McGee catching a TD pass during the first Super Bowl in January, 1967 appeared in Sports Illustrated with a story analyzing the game. In 1969 he moved to Kansas City where he was a freelance advertising and sports photographer in the Kansas City area, including being the official photographer for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals.
In 1975, he moved to Steamboat Springs, CO and began a 25-year career as a marketing executive for the Steamboat Ski Resort--announcing his retirement as Senior Vice-President of Marketing from the company in 2000. He continued to be active as a photographer in the NFL over the years---including ten years as official photographer for the Denver Broncos. During this time---living in the mountains of western Colorado---his interest also turned to nature and fine art photography and he began to show his work in art shows and galleries as time allowed from his business career.
Since the mid 1990's, he has been working with digital fine art prints which he prints in his own studio. His work has appeared in numerous art shows and exhibitions, including the Opening Exhibition at the Steamboat Art Museum---where he is a board member. He is currently represented by Wild Horse Gallery in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Over the years, Rod's photographs have appeared in virtually every major magazine in the United States---including Sports Illustrated, People, National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, and Travel & Leisure. His photographs of games in the National Football League have appeared in numerous books published by the NFL, and in the DVD "America's Game---the Super Bowl Champions" about the 1970 Kansas City Chiefs.
His first individual book---a compilation of over 30 years of photography of Northwest Colorado, was published November, 2007. "Seasons of Light---Impressions of Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley," is a 192-page hard cover book with a foreword by Verne Lundquist and text by Tom Ross. He is completing a second book about Western Colorado, scheduled for publication in September, 2010.
Rod continues to be active in the Steamboat Springs community---serving on four non-profit boards---and is past president of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, Steamboat Arts Council, and local Rotary International Club. Rod is married to Vicky, a real estate broker in Steamboat Springs. Their daughter, Lily, graduated from the University of Colorado and is finishing a second degree in Interior Design while living in San Francisco. Rod’s daughter, Ayn, holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Colorado State University and is a manager with the Oracle software company. Rod’s son, Paul, followed him in a photography and management career and is now the Chief Photographer for Reuters News in Spain and Portugal and lives in Madrid with his two daughters.
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