Honoring Paul Bosner
" In a career that spanned more than 48 years, Paul Bosner answered to several titles in the arts and entertainment world and chronicled much of life through a lens. At KERA-TV, 1969-70, Bosner had a major role in getting the legendary program NEWSROOM on the air. Bosner is well known as one of the principal originators and producer of the first 14 episodes of AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, the iconic show that appears on PBS stations nationwide and is the longest-running music program in television history.
Bosner also served as President Truman’s personal photographer in 1948 and was a freelance consignment photojournalist for the Magnum Agency in New York in 1949 to 1950. He was a television cameraman for CBS in New York for 19 years, working on shows such as STUDIO ONE, PLAYHOUSE 90, numerous other drama series and JACKIE GLEASON SHOW and covering numerous news events.
Bosner later turned his talents to instructional television, holding various executive positions within the industry in Israel, the United States and England. He produced and directed for television ROMEO and JULIET to 26 episodes of GOVERNMENT BY CONSENT, an introduction to U.S. government for college students. Bosner was director of production of LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications at Dallas County Community College District from 1992 to 1998, after working as a producer/director at LeCroy for 10 years.
Bosner’s numerous awards include a Life magazine award for his photographic work, an Emmy in 1955 for Best Live Television Camera Work for the dramatic series STUDIO ONE and a Bronze Apple in 1994 from National Educational Film & Video Festival for LIVING WITH HEALTH, an introduction to health and wellness for college students. He earned a Career Achievement Award in Distance Education from Instructional Telecommunications Council in 1997.
Bosner, a Dallas resident since 1969, holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.