John Kirtley founded Sound Of Life Media in 2016 to spread his passion for the importance of high-quality visual storytelling in television news. 


John told stories in markets throughout the country, FINISHing his newsroom career as the Assistant Chief Photojournalist at WLOS-TV in Asheville, NC.


In his decade-long career as a storyteller, he won numerous awards, including 10 Emmy’s, 5 Edward R. Murrow awards and was named the NPPA’s Ernie Crisp Photojournalist of the Year - Runner-up, the industry's most prestigious award for photojournalism.


John has spoken at workshops throughout the country, was the co-director of the NPPA Southeast Storytelling Workshop and is the director of the annual sound of life storytelling workshop.


John also takes North Carolina barbecue way too seriously...


John Kirtley


Asheville, NC

Tracey Early


Tampa, FL

Tracey Early joined Sound of Life Media as an agent to further her passion for shaping television news and visual storytelling in an ever-changing industry.


Tracey's 16-year career in television news spanned across the Southeast, working as a producer, multimedia journalist, news and sports reporter, and primarily a news anchor. She finished her newsroom career as the morning anchor at WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, SC.


In her career as a storyteller, Tracey covered everything from hurricanes and ice storms to state fairs and local government. Tracey's work as a news anchor earned her a share of two Southeast Emmy Awards for the WSPA morning show and live special event coverage.


Tracey lives in Tampa, FL with her husband and son.