Glenn P. Gabel, 47, Portsmouth


Photojournalist Glenn P. Gabel was killed in a motorcycle crash on his way to work for the Al Jazeera news network in New York on Aug. 16.

The 47-year-old graduate of Portsmouth High School loved life on the edge, whether shooting video along the steep banks of the Mississippi River or jumping from planes in the U.S. Army. He joined the military straight out of high school in 1984 and became a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne.

Glenn taught himself to shoot and edit in Rhode Island, creating his own cable television program called “Out of Order” in the early 1990s. The show tapped into the state’s vibrant music and arts scene. Glenn continued to make videos with artists his whole life, including Shepard Fairey, painter Vebjorn Sand, social activist and performance artist Rev. Billy and his Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir.

Glenn was a founding member of Al Jazeera’s first New York bureau at the United Nations, where he worked as a cameraman and editor. More than a just a shooter, Glenn was a savvy journalist with an analytical mind and an encyclopedic knowledge of history, science, art and music. He served on the board of the UN Correspondents Association and often generously shared his technical expertise with other members of the UN press corps. As an editor, he is remembered as an artist in his own right and a perfectionist who continued to work on his news stories even after they aired. His work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association.

Glenn will be dearly missed by his partner Kristen Saloomey and their two boys, Sawyer Pete, 8, and Jax Matthew, 4. Dad made great birthday cakes, planned amazing family vacations and fixed everything. He also leaves behind his father Pete and brother Darrin Gabel, and grandmother Hilda Correira. Glenn's many friends and colleagues will remember his extraordinary talent and his generous spirit.

A memorial service will be held at St. Anthony’s Church, 2836 East Main Road, Portsmouth, this Sunday, Sept. 8, at 8:30 a.m.


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