Charles Boots Kennedye is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and for the last ten years a documentary producer for the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority. Kennedye has headed many of the major projects produced by OETA including a 100-part Oklahoma story collective Centennial Stories, winning his first of five Heartland Emmy Awards. In 2008, Kennedye was the first Oklahoman selected to attend the prestigious WGBH Producers Academy in Boston, Massachusetts and later that year honored by the National Educational Television Association with a Best-of-the-Best Award for, The People's Art; a tour of art collections at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Other significant productions include Oklahoma WWII Stories, The History of Oklahoma Television Pioneers, The State of Creativity Project, The State of Sequoyah, The People and the USS Oklahoman Memorial Dedication Ceremony. In 2011, he partnered with Rocky Mountain PBS to film and produce Urban Rez, a historical documentary recounting the United States Voluntary Relocation Program spanning from 1952-1973. Boots Kennedye has also carved-out a second career as a sports photographer working for the NBA Thunder Basketball Team since its 2008 inaugural season. Kennedye has played a lead role in more than 150 productions and has won accolades from many Oklahoma and National Press organizations including: The Oklahoma Broadcasters Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Dallas Press Club Association, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Associated Press and the National Education Television Association.
I have been in the industry since 2004.