Corky Trewin began his journalism career as a part-time sports correspondent to the local Redmond weekly newspaper as an eighth grader covering the Redmond Jr. High sports teams beat. Two years later he appointed himself sports editor and made photographs to accompany the articles.
As a junior at Redmond High School, he was hired by the Seattle P-I sports editor John Owen to work weekends as the sports copy boy, i.e., running errands, tracking the sports wire ticker tape, and preparing the columns of sports scores for the back page.
After graduating from Redmond High School in 1972, Trewin received a journalism scholarship and enrolled at the University of Kansas majoring in journalism at the William Allen White School of Journalism.
Within one week on campus, he became the first KU freshman to serve as a school newspaper staff photographer. The following year, KU assistant athletic director Gale Sayers hired Trewin as a recruiting photographer to prepare pamphlets and photographic pieces to send to prospective athletic recruits. That led to the position as the KU athletic department’s sports action photographer and travel with the football, basketball, baseball and track teams throughout the Big 8 for three years.
In 1975 while Trewin was still at KU, a local Seattle ownership group, headed by the Nordstrom family, was awarded a National Football League franchise. Trewin promptly wrote to newly hired General Manager John Thompson to apply for the position of team photographer. Thompson replied that the team was not ready to hire a photographer at that time, and thanked him for the interest.
Following graduation in 1977, Trewin re-submitted the letter of interest, this time in person, to Thompson and was told again there was no job. In 1978, Trewin asked for and was granted Seahawks sideline credentials basically trying out for the team as a “free agent” photographer. In 1979, he was retained by the Seahawks as the team photographer as well as the photographer for the Norm Evans Seahawks Report, a weekly magazine devoted to the Seahawks.
In 1980 Trewin was hired by the Seattle Mariners as team photographer, and then became the Seattle Super Sonics team photographer in 1984. He has worked for the Seattle Sounders, Tacoma Stars and Seattle Thunderbirds as well as the University of Washington Athletic department. He has photographed 16 Super Bowls, five Final Fours, two Olympics Games as well as the Moscow and Seattle Goodwill Games.
Currently Trewin is the team photographer for the Seahawks and the Sounders FC as well as a local event and college, high school and youth sports photographer.