Farewell to editor Phil Lowe after 30 years at Fox 2 - New York News

Farewell to editor Phil Lowe after 30 years at Fox 2

Posted: Updated:

By Rob Wolchek
Fox 2 News


SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -- You've never heard of Phil Lowe, but if you've ever enjoyed a fast paced Hall of Shame, a Problem Solver investigation, or just about any great story here on Fox 2, you've enjoyed his work.

"I did a little of everything when I started here.  I was a sound man.  I was a camera man," said Lowe.

But where he really found his calling was as an editor.

Lowe's a guy who could take five hours worth of raw footage, a folder or two full of investigative documents and a reporter's voice track and with his talents put it all together to make an informative and entertaining story you see on TV -- never too flashy, but always with style.

"I liken it to being an umpire in a baseball game," Lowe said.  "You never notice the good ones, yet if somebody is sitting back and saying 'oh, that editing stinks' or 'wow, that editing was great', they're really kind of missing the point of the story.  The story should be everything.  You know what I mean?  It's not about me.  It's about making sure that the story is good."

Assistant News Director Kevin Roseborough knows when he's got a big story, Lowe's the guy to edit it.

"Without Phil, all we've got is a bunch of audio and video files in the computer.  Phil is who makes it into great television," he said.

Lowe's not only a super editor, he's just a super smart guy about everything.  An English major in college, he also makes sure us reporters sound smarter then we really are.

Lowe can take a few pieces of paper and create a graphic that tells a story.

Lowe can take a piece of music and rework it to fit a story seamlessly.

A story edited by Lowe looks more like a little movie, which is what he hopes to do when he moves on after 30 years here at Fox 2 going back to school to start a new career working on movies.

Editing a story with Phil Lowe is truly a partnership.

"That's one of the things that makes the pieces so successful is the close collaboration we've had over the years and the mutual respect," he told me.

Phil Lowe's a guy behind the scenes, but he'll always be a star here at Fox 2.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Official: NYPD body cameras are 'win-win'

    Official: NYPD body cameras are 'win-win'

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:36:44 GMT
    Public Advocate Leticia James says a 3-ounce camera, if used correctly, could be a key tool in improving community and police relations. She showed off one of the cameras she believes NYPD patrol officers need to be wearing. She said that the cameras would be a "win-win" for the public, transparency, police accountability improving police community relations, reducing civil liability.
    Public Advocate Leticia James says a 3-ounce camera, if used correctly, could be a key tool in improving community and police relations. She showed off one of the cameras she believes NYPD patrol officers need to be wearing. She said that the cameras would be a "win-win" for the public, transparency, police accountability improving police community relations, reducing civil liability.
  • Savion Glover, the master teacher

    Savion Glover, the master teacher

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:26:05 GMT
    While the rest of us merely march to the beat of our own drum, Savion Glover is the drum. The tap dance superstar has dazzled audiences from the small screen to the big screen from the White House to the Great White Way. More than just a legend, Savion has become a curator of tap. He is on a mission to keep the craft sacred for future generations.
    While the rest of us merely march to the beat of our own drum, Savion Glover is the drum. The tap dance superstar has dazzled audiences from the small screen to the big screen from the White House to the Great White Way. More than just a legend, Savion has become a curator of tap. He is on a mission to keep the craft sacred for future generations.
  • Sharpton promises orderly march

    Garner's family meets U.S. attorney

    Garner's family meets U.S. attorney

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:18 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:18:39 GMT
    The Rev. Al Sharpton and family members of Eric Garner came from a meeting with U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch in which they asked for a federal civil rights investigation into his apparent chokehold death. Meantime, Staten Island businesses are bracing for the huge crowds expected at Saturday's march. Sharpton said he is estimating about 3,000 to 5,000 people to rally Saturday.
    The Rev. Al Sharpton and family members of Eric Garner came from a meeting with U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch in which they asked for a federal civil rights investigation into his apparent chokehold death. Meantime, Staten Island businesses are bracing for the huge crowds expected at Saturday's march. Sharpton said he is estimating about 3,000 to 5,000 people to rally Saturday.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices