Photojournalism

I have been a photojournalist since the mid-1980s. First working in Pennsylvania, then  Indiana, to work for The Chronicle-Tribune. I eventually joined the staff at the News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 2016 I left the newspaper, by choice, and I am currently working as a contract writer and multi-media journalist. The following slideshow is a very small sample of some of the photos I have shot.

 

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A young widow clutches the flag she had been given from the coffin of her deceased husband after his funeral Service. Her husband was killed in Iraq when his helicopter was hit.
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Robert Van, of BVZ Painting Inc., works at scraping old paint from the Lakeside Park Pavilion. There were a couple of spots that had been water damaged so he was scraping, sealing and repainting Monday.
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Joel Chapman,9, and Luke Bougher,9,right, float in the reflecting basin at Lakeside Park Thursday afternoon. A break in the clouds and warmer temperatures brought people out of doors Thursday afternoon. In the background is Peggy McCarty,Joel’s mother.
Up in smoke
Little remains of American Pawn & Loan, 1120 Taylor St. The business went up in flames early Saturday evening, Sept. 19, taking with it bicycles, tools, stereo equipment, speakers, jewelry and other merchandise that had been for sale inside.
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Rob Randol of Markle pauses for a moment in removing valuables from his crashed plane. He and his wife were headed for breakfast in Ohio,from the Huntington airport, when they crashed Sunday morning at Tillman Park. Randol’s wife suffered a broken back while Randol suffered only minor injuries.
All Smiles
Kelsy Peters, 8, left, and Kerrigan Smith,7,right, react as Jody Young,middle, gets her dog Oliver to smile at them. The Shawnee branch, of the Allen County Public Library, is starting a program for reading challenged children ,reading to a therapy dog. Oliver was doing a meet and greet with his owner and handler,Jody, Tuesday afternoon. A study has shown that using dogs helps children learn to read.
Happy Dog
Ronnie Root of Marshall, MI, gives Highway one of his 50 some dogs, a hug. Caroline and Ronnie Root have a collection of some 50 stray dogs that they take care of on a small parcel of land outside of Marshall. Highway greets Ronnie every day when he arrives to feed and clean his pen. Highway got his name because the Roots found him while driving down a highway.
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The final salute to a fallen comrade during a military funeral in Kendallville, IN.
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Sally and Jesse Jauregui are rescued by Decatur Fire Fighters, Andy Stimpson, left, and Todd Martinez, right. The Fire Department responded to a garage fire next door to the couple, 839 Parkview, Decatur, Tuesday morning and ended up rescuing the elderly couple whose home was flooded.
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Jayla Greene looks up in wonder as her mother, grandmother and great grandmother sing Amazing Grace with the congregation during the 20th annual Service of Repentance and Reconciliation Sunday night at the Plymouth Congregational Church of Fort Wayne.
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Moonrise over the Allen County Coliseum Expansion Wednesday night.
Rough play
DeKalb High School’s Adam Liddell catches his breath after taking an elbow in the face from Pike High School’s Devin Thomas during Saturday, March 29’s Class 4A Final in Indianapolis. Liddell had to leave the game for the rest of the first period to stop the bleeding from the cut over his left eye.
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A young Haitian looks through the window into a temporary medical clinic in Cap-Haitien.
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Steven Doyle and his mother, Sherry, share a moment after a balloon launch in memory of his brother, and her son, Christopher Doyle, at North Side Football field Wednesday night during a Candlelight Vigil for Christopher.
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Helios Castroneves was back for his second Indianapolis 500 and his second win Sunday when he finished first for the second year in a row at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Celebrating with him by climbing the grandstand safety fence are his pit crew members.
Dad's Home
Nakia Royal was welcomed by his daughter Alexis,7, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Friday afternoon. Royal’s whole family was there to welcome him back from his tour of duty with the U.S. Army Reserve 384th Military Police Battalion, who recently returned from a tour of duty at Quantanamo Bay,Cuba.
A smashing hit
The Chicago Cubs’ Sammy Sosa has been known to put up impressive home-run numbers as well as strikeout totals. Here, he takes a mighty cut, breaking the bat during the team’s home opener in April.
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Wendy Vergon cheers on Loren Kornij,eighty-something, who was singing “You Never Even Call My Name”, during Karaoke at Broadripple Place Tuesday night.
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The calm after the storm, Lake Michigan March 2014.
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Despite the frosty weather Tuesday morning two die hard fans waited for the TinCaps to take the field at Parkview Stadium. Their hopes may melt away Thursday as rain is predicted Thursday through Saturday.
Saving special belongings
Cody Pancake pulls a load through the water down Parkview Drive in Decatur on Tuesday, July 8. Like scores of other Decatur residents, he was helping a family rescue some of their belongings from a flooded home.
Painful stop
Homestead High School goalkeeper Kristi Kaverman takes it on the chin during a collision with Snider’s Sarah Hill in the first half of a game Saturday, Sept. 28, at IPFW.
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Ashley Judd celebrates with her husband, Dario Franchitti after he won the 2010 Indianapolis 500.

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