Thomas Nicholas Pecorelli
Occupation:Fox Sports and Entertainment Television | CameramanReflections:The New York Times Portraits of Grief
Thomas Nicholas Pecorelli was only 12 years old when he landed his first job as a cameraman. As an apprentice for his local television station in Newburyport, Mass., he captured town events like city council meetings on video. He also served as class historian at Newburyport High School where he often brought a camera along to document school events.
After earning a degree in communications from the University of Massachusetts, Pecorelli followed his dream around the country, moving from New England to Florida to work at a local station in Fort Myers. He occasionally emerged from behind the scenes, appearing in short comedic segments that highlighted his talent for impersonations. He also spent time at a station in Tucson, Ariz., before moving to Los Angeles to work for the Fox network in 1996.
Pecorelli was behind the camera for Fox Sports studio programs, entertainment shows like Talk Soup on E! Entertainment Television, and occasionally worked high-profile events such as the Academy Awards’ red-carpet arrivals. While living in Los Angeles, he met his wife, Kia. They married in October 1999, and in the summer of 2001 they learned that they were expecting their first child.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Pecorelli boarded American Airlines Flight 11 at Logan International Airport in Boston, returning home from a trip where he attended a friend’s wedding and visited his family and friends living in Massachusetts.
In 2002, the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recognized Thomas Pecorelli’s contributions to the television industry with an honorary Emmy. The award was also bestowed upon seven other television industry professionals killed on 9/11. (source)