Wins Emmys for His Work?
Alex Rinks '06
Alex Rinks ’06 is best known for his work on Discovery Channel and History and on shows such as “Wicked Tuna”, “Dude Perfect”, “Ax Men,” and “Mountain Men.” He was the senior producer for National Geographic Channel’s “Life Below Zero” for both seasons the show won Emmys for cinematography and editing. While he was a religion major at Wabash, Alex liked movies a lot. He would take videos of things all the time. But that was it. During summer breaks, Alex would follow friends out to LA, establishing a network of contacts and proving his worth. He was open to almost anything. “You want me to hold that light? I’ll do that and I’ll bring it over here for you. I’ll pick that up; I’ll drive you. I figured out that if I got behind the camera, got into production and the creative side, I could choose my destination.” And, most often, Alex, a former Wabash basketball player, chose the outdoors. “My competitive nature translated into getting the best shot there, telling the best story. I’d hang off the side of the boat, where someone else might not be as willing.” Whatever the work, whatever the setting, people and their stories are front and center for Alex—the adventure behind the adventure. “Stories are all we have. Making a person comfortable enough so that they will tell you their whole life story... There is nothing I love more than that.”
That’s a Wabash man for you. Seriously.