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Melissa Farlow has been a contributor to National Geographic magazine for the past 17 years. Previously, Farlow was a staff photographer at The Pittsburgh Press, and The Courier-Journal and Louisville Times. While in Louisville, she was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for photographic coverage of desegregation.
Farlow worked in three African countries for Women in the Material World, a book comparing women's roles in different cultures. She has photographed in Chile, Peru and Mexico for a book on the Pan American Highway and recently for another Geographic book titled Wild Lands of the West. Her images have received multiple awards in the Pictures of the Year International competition as well as numerous other photo contests.
Farlow received her B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University and her master's from the University of Missouri.
Travis Fox is an Emmy Award-winning video producer for washingtonpost.com, where he covers international and domestic stories. Past assignments have taken him to the war in Iraq and across the Middle East, Europe and Asia. His distinctive web video and panoramic photos are considered innovative in the field of Internet journalism. In 2006, he received an Emmy Award for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina. The White House News Photographers Association has named him Editor of the Year three times, most recently in 2006. In 2002, he was also named Camera Person of the Year. In addition to washingtonpost.com, Fox's videos are regularly featured on television and in film festivals. He graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and currently lives in New York.
Tammy Lechner specializes in visually chronicling the lifestyle and culture of baseball. In 1993 she began a 15-year span of seasons with the hapless Chicago Cubs in pursuit of the answer to why the Cubs remain so popular decade after decade. In the resulting photography book, Our Team, Our Dream, Lechner captures the very heart and soul of Cubs fans who remain doggedly devoted despite their team's failure to win a World Series in 100 years.
Over the years Lechner has covered professional sports in general and baseball in particular as a staff photographer for the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Los Angeles Times, and as a freelancer for the Associated Press and USA TODAY/Baseball Weekly. She is also the author of IN THE CAL: Pastime Goes Primetime in California's Minor League, a photo documentary book complete with a 130-print gallery exhibit that has appeared at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage and the John Wayne Airport in Orange County CA.
Lechner, a native of New York, earned her Bachelors of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri in 1980. She currently lives in Laguna Beach, CA and remains a fervent Chicago Cubs fan.
"Having the most fun I've had in newspapers in a long time," is how Steve Rice describes his current role as staff videographer & photographer at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, MN. Rice came to the Star Tribune in the mid-1990s as the Director of Photography. Previously he was a picture editor for Corbis in Seattle, WA and an AME for Graphics: first at the Hartford Courant and then the Miami Herald. Under his leadership members of the Herald's photographic staff won two Pulitzer Prizes and were finalists for five others. Rice began his career in photojournalism as a staff photographer at the Los Angles Times. He is a graduate of California State University Fullerton.
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