Noted sports photographers will receive PWHS honor that father was first to get
Noted sports photographers Jim and John Biever will be inducted into the Port Washington High School Wall of Fame Monday, April 21.
Jim, the Green Bay Packers team photographer, and John, a semi-retired Sports Illustrated photographer, not only followed their father Vernon into the field of photojournalism but will also join him on the school’s Wall of Fame, which recognizes outstanding graduates.
Vernon Biever, who created the position of Green Bay Packer photographer, was the first inductee into the Wall of Fame, Jim said. His father died in 2010.
“It’s quite an honor to begin with, but that makes it extra special,” Jim said. “We’re honored they think that highly of us.”
The pair will speak to high school classes throughout the morning.
At 1 p.m., the public is invited to the induction ceremony in the gymnasium, which will be followed by a reception in the auditorium hallway.
Both men will speak during the ceremony.
John Biever, who lives in San Diego, is a 1969 Port High graduate who worked as a staff photographer at the Milwaukee Journal for 13 years before going to work for Sports Illustrated in 1986.
Initially, he was a contract photographer, with the magazine guaranteeing a specific amount of work per year. Later, he became a staff photographer.
Semi-retired since 2012, he still covers some assignments for the magazine.
His Sports Illustrated photos have included 131 cover shots, including Tiger Woods’ first win at the Masters Golf Tournament and Michael Jordan’s last basket as a Chicago Bull.
He is among an elite group of four photographers to have been on the field covering all 48 Super Bowl games, beginning as a teenager when he helped his father on the field.
John’s also covered 10 Olympics and 23 Masters golf tournaments, as well as numerous World Series games and other major sporting events.
Jim Biever, a member of the Class of 1978, has been the Green Bay Packers photographer for 36 years, capturing the team’s exploits on and off the field and following them to venues near and far — including well known shots of team members in victory and defeat.
Jim, a Port Washington resident, also runs the family business, Biever Travel in downtown and is active in the community. He was among the founding members of the Port Washington Business Improvement District and remains active in the organization today.
Although the brothers are in the same business, there is no sibling rivalry there, they said.
“We’ve pretty much shot for different organizations and had different perspectives,” John said.
Jim said, “He’s more national and I’m more local. It’s been a lot of fun for both of us.”