EXPERIENCE
Staff Photojournalist - The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio

October 2016 - present
Photograph news, sports, portrait and feature photo assignments, including coverage of Ohio State Buckeyes college football, Columbus Blue Jackets professional hockey and the Memorial Tournament, an annual PGA Tour event; Split picture editing and scheduling duties with two picture editors and two other photojournalists; Collaborated on a 2017 project with two Dispatch reporters on wage inequality and with investigative teams for a 2018 project on Ohio's arrest warrant system and a 2020 project on suicide rates among farmers; Acted as a live picture editor during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs by editing, captioning and publishing live images from two photographers on social media and Dispatch.com as the game occurred; Named Ohio News Photographers Association's Large Market Photographer of the Year for 2017; Recipient of ONPA's 2018 James R. Gordon Ohio Understanding Award.

Chief Photographer - ThisWeek Community News, Lewis Center, Ohio

September 2012 - October 2016
Photograph news, sports, portrait and feature photo assignments and produce video for 24 weekly community newspapers, monthly Columbus Parent magazine and two quarterly magazines; Provide direction and evaluation to full-time staff photographers; Schedule photo assignments for staff and coordinate additional assignments with freelancers and our daily newspaper parent, The Columbus Dispatch; Prepare images for press and ensure quality reproduction; Maintain photographic archive, and department Instagram and Twitter accounts; Oversee department budget and staff payroll; Coordinated visuals for a 2014 project on heroin use and recovery in suburban Columbus and a 2015 pictures of the year editing project; Led Ohio News Photographers Association's Small Market Staff of the Year in 2013 and 2014, and named ONPA Small Market Photographer of the Year for 2013.

Adjunct Instructor - Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio
January 2015 - May 2015, August 2018 - December 2018
Instructor for an introduction to photojournalism elective course for journalism majors; Created syllabus and weekly class lectures; Mediate group discussion and critique; Created and instructed a class on communication technology with an emphasis on the Adobe Creative Suite.

Contributing Photographer - Corbis Images, Columbus, Ohio

May 2012 - May 2015
Covered the 2012 presidential elections throughout Ohio for Corbis' News Division, as well as other editorial news, sports and entertainment assignments as directed. Images from 2012 election coverage have appeared on TIME.com, including TIME's Week in Political Pictures for Oct. 12-18 and July 27-Aug. 3, The (UK) Guardian, The Times of India, TheWeek.com, Paris Match and NYmag.com.

Freelance Photographer - Columbus, Ohio
May 2012 - present

Shoot editorial, corporate, commercial and portrait assignments regionally. Clients include The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, Agence France-Presse, Education Week, Ohio Magazine, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Pitchfork Media, Kenyon College, Charlotte Tilbury and Gannett News Service.

Multimedia Photojournalist - The Casper Star-Tribune, Casper, Wyoming
May 2011 - February 2012
Produced and edited video, audio slideshows and still photography, both as individual enterprise and in cooperation with reporters; Photographed daily news, feature and sports assignments; Covered breaking news with a focus on mobile and social media distribution of images and video. 

Staff Photographer - Columbia Daily Tribune, Columbia, Missouri

June 2010 - May 2011

Photographed breaking and general news, features, sports and other photographs for 25,000-circulation daily newspaper; Contributed monthly to the Tribune's photo column, "Our Town"; Self-edited assignments for photo editor.

Director of Photography - Columbia Missourian, Columbia, Missouri

August 2009 - May 2010

Managed a daily newspaper photography department of approximately 15 student staff photographers and 10 student photo editors per semester; Collaborated with newsroom editors in coordinating daily and long-term projects; Maintained and upheld standard of visual excellence in department. 

Adjunct Instructor - University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
August 2009 - December 2010
Instructor for Picture Editing & Photo Desk Management and Electronic Photojournalism classes; Created syllabus and prepared lectures as well as facilitated discussions with guest instructors & speakers. Conducted field labs and mediated class editing and critique sessions. 

Editor & Designer - University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri 
September 2008 - August 2009

Acted as lead picture editor and page designer for St. James: The people of Missouri's 'Forest City of the Ozarks', a 176-page book of documentary photo stories published by the Missouri School of Journalism; Coordinated the work of 40 photojournalists as well as six copy editors during production; Prepared images for pre-press production and worked closely with press managers during the printing and binding processes; Conducted historical research on St. James, Mo., for inclusion in the book's introduction; Wrote book's introduction.

SELECT AWARDS
• Runner-up Sports Photographer of the Year, 69th Ohio News Photographers Association contest, 2020
• 3rd Place, Photographer of the Year (Large Market), 69th Ohio News Photographers Association contest, 2020
• James R. Gordon Ohio Understanding Award, 68th Ohio News Photographers Association contest, 2019
• Photographer of the Year (Large Market), 67th Ohio News Photographers Association contest, 2018
• 1st Place, Portrait, 67th Ohio News Photographers Association annual contest, 2018
• Runner-up Best Photographer in Ohio (Large Market, Print), Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, 2018
• 1st Place, Explanatory Journalism - Team, (Large Market, Print), Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, 2018
• 1st Place, Social Issues Reporting - Team, (Large Market, Print), Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, 2018
• Runner-up Sports Photographer of the Year, 66th Ohio News Photographers Association contest, 2017
• 3rd Place, Photographer of the Year (Division C), Best of GateHouse, 2017
• Runner-up Photographer of the Year (Division C), Best of GateHouse, 2016
• Runner-up Photographer of the Year (Small Market), 64th Ohio News Photographers Association contest, 2015
• Photographer of the Year (Small Market), 63rd Ohio News Photographers Association contest, 2014
• Sports Photographer of the Year, 63rd Ohio News Photographers Association contest, 2014

• 1st Place, Sports Picture Story, 63rd Ohio News Photographers Association contest, 2014
• 1st Place, Feature, 63rd Ohio News Photographers Association contest, 2014
• 1st Place, Pictorial, 63rd Ohio News Photographers Association contest, 2014 
• 1st Place, Feature Photo, Missouri Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, 2012
• 1st Place, Sports Feature, 67th Pictures of the Year International, 2010
• 1st Place, Sports Portfolio, 64th College Photographer of the Year, 2009

PUBLICATIONS
• Editing Consultant, End of an Era, self-published by Joel Kowsky, 2012
• Photographer, Clinton: Stories of life in Missouri's Golden Valley, Missouri School of Journalism, 2012
• Contributing Photographer, The J-School: Celebrating 100 Years in Journalism, University of Missouri, 2010
• Editor, St. James: The people of Missouri’s ‘Forest City of the Ozarks’, Missouri School of Journalism, 2009

EXHIBITIONS
• "Revolt," Covid Photo Museum, Digital Collection, 2020
• "Score!" Chicago Photography Center, Chicago, 2012
• "The Year: Winning Images from the 67th Pictures of the Year," Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, 2010


EDUCATION
University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

Jan. 2007 - Aug. 2009

• Graduate Degree: M.A., Photojournalism
• GPA: 3.9

University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Aug. 2001 - May 2006

• Undergraduate Degrees: B.S.J., Journalism; B.A., Spanish
• GPA: 3.29 (Cumulative), 3.31 (Journalism), 3.0 (Spanish)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
• President, Ohio News Photographers Association, 2018 to present
• Secretary, Ohio News Photographers Association, 2016 to 2018
• Member, National Press Photographers Association, 2012 to present
• Member, Ohio News Photographers Association, 2012 to present
• Member, Kappa Tau Sigma (Frank Luther Mott chapter), 2009
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