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His work has won multiple gold Emmy's, Telly's, CLIO's, Addy's and the New York Film Festival.
His first job out of school was as News Director of KHAI Radio, Honolulu. Jonathan Abel’s newsroom window on the 3rd floor faced Pearl Harbor and as he wrote news copy, he could imagine the Japanese planes approaching over Ewa Beach, over cane fields and the little village of Aiea on that sweet, Sunday morning in 1941...the "sneak attack" that drug America into WWII.
In 1970, he took a job offer from the news department of KGMB and covered the filming of Tora! Tora! Tora!. It was that station’s powerful radio signal the Japanese aggressors had used to guide them to Pearl.
Currently, he writes and produces media for the Department of the Interior…our national parks, dams, power plants…the Air Force Academy, Grand Canyon National Park, and pieces for the Apache, Navajo, Hopi and Nez Perce Nations. He values his trips to the reservations and meeting those incredible people.
He was Creative Director for Motorola while they were the largest high-tech corporation in the world and actually invented the term “Multi-Tasking” to promote the VME-10, the first computer in history that would do two things without completely rebooting. A few years later, in 1985, he wrote a script that meant renting Stonehenge for three days to produce a documentary on his notions of it being a multi-tasking star computer.
An accomplished actor and commercial voice talent, he has written and produced commercial mass communications projects in 19 countries for hundreds of clients. He’s hiked and photographed the Andes, Alps, Smokies, Cascades and Rockies, climbed volcanoes and pyramids, forded fjords, tracked tracks and photographed dangerous and endangered species.
Most recently, Jonathan Abel spent a month and a half in a research station in the Amazon cloudforest successfully photographing and documenting three varieties of Poison Dart Frogs and the mating of rare, Glasswing Butterflies.