Former photographers and reporter/photographers for the Telegram-Tribune.
Neil Norum, staff photographer 1962-1963
Entered the Air Force in 1964 and stayed until 1988 as a Public Affairs Officer and continues to take pictures. Now lives outside Worcester, Mass.
In 1963 he was the only full time photographer on staff. He did most of the dark room work as well as the engraving with a part time dark room person.
Equipment was 35mm Pentax and Leica cameras (his own) but the paper had a Leica and 4×5 Graflex. Many of the reporters had cameras and also took pictures.
Jack E. Wilson, staff photographer 1964-1966
Jim Vestal, staff photographer Nov. 1964-March 1968
Jim W. Vestal started as a news photographer at the Redding (CA) Record-Searchlight 1956-1964. Came to the Telegram-Tribune 1964-1968, where he was the National Press Photographers Assoc. Photographer of the Year for Region Ten in 1966 and 1967. He became a picture editor at The Sacramento (CA) Union, 1968-1989. New York Newsday 1989-1994. He retired as the Exec. Photo Editor from Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, CA (1994-1996), after spending 40-years in the newspaper business.
He was the first Military Photographer of the Year as awarded by the University of Missouri, Encyclopedia Britannica, and the Pentagon, for his work as the photographer in Korea for The Pacific Stars &Stripes military newspaper during 1960-1961 while on military leave from Redding. In 1967 while at the T-T Jim went to the Lyndon B. Johnson White House to celebrate an Office of Economic Opportunity movie titled “Pancho” (Of Frank Mansera of Santa Maria, he lives today – 2009) that was based on and used his photos from The Telegram-Tribune on the new Head Start program in 1965 and 1966.
Jim and his wife Ann, a graphic artist, live in the East Bay from San Francisco. Jim taught photography/photojournalism at CSU Hayward 1999-2004.His website: www.jimvestal.netJim and his wife Ann, a graphic artist, live in the East Bay from San Francisco. Jim taught photography/photojournalism at CSU Hayward 1999-2004.His website: www.jimvestal.net
David Ranns staff photographer 1968, 1969
Obituary courtesy Sacramento Bee.
December 2, 2003
Beauty pageant, tabloid and news photographer David Ranns of east Sacramento died Nov. 20 of complications from a lower-leg amputation. Mr. Ranns, who had suffered from diabetes, was 61. For about 25 years, Mr. Ranns was the official photographer for the Mrs. America and Mrs. World beauty pageants.”He was a consummate photographer who elevated his niche to cutting-edge pageantry,” said David Marmel, president and executive producer of Mrs.World and Mrs. America, at his office in Santa Monica.
“He was a professional photographer, a wonderful guy and a good friend,” Marmel said. “Most of all,” Marmel added, “he made me laugh.”
His wife, Justyne Ranns, said her husband had a jovial demeanor. “He was fun-loving and very interesting,” she said. “He loved to travel.”
Mr. Ranns traveled often to cover pageants that included Miss USA, Miss Universe, Miss California, Miss Texas, Miss Poland and Miss Hawaii. For a time, he also worked as a photographer for several California newspapers, including the Daily Breeze in Torrance and the Chico Enterprise Record. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ranns worked as a news photographer for United Press International in Sydney, Australia.
He met his wife in Australia while she was working as a nurse. The couple married in 1972.
He later worked for tabloids such as the National Star, and News of the World in New York City.
As a child, he became interested in photography when his uncle gave him a Kodak box camera, Justyne Ranns said.
Mr. Ranns was a graduate of El Camino College in Torrance and the Air Force School of Photography. He served in the Air Force with the Strategic Air Command at Vandenburg Air Force Base in Lompoc.He was also active in the California Press Photographers Association.
A scholarship fund will be established in his memory for a Sacramento High School student pursing a career in photojournalism.
Barry Minett, staff photographer 1968
Michael Raphael, reporter/editor/photographer at the T-T 1968-69, Paso Robles Press, managing editor 1969-70; Santa Barbara News-Press bureau chief, Santa Maria 1970-1990; criminal investigator, Public Defender’s Office, Santa Barbara County, 1990; criminal and civil investigator, 1990-1993; freelance writer/photographer for PG&E, other clients, 1990-1993.In 1993, joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency as Public Information Officer, continue to work for FEMA as PIO, photographer, editor, other Public Affairs positions, and three Mitigation Division positions.
Career in news started 1957-58 at Pasadena Star-News (photo lab tech); then Arcadia Tribune photographer, 1958-1961; then San Gabriel Valley Daily News staff photographer, 1961-1963; then The Register, Orange County, writer/editor/photographer/columnist/assistant photo chief 1963-1968.
Raphael’s work has been published in LIFE, other major publications, both photos and stories; extensive work for AP and UPI (when UPI was competing effectively with AP); correspondent for LA Times; West Coast photographer, New York Times; several awards beginning with California Newspaper Publishers Association news photo winner. Won several awards while working at Santa Barbara News-Press, for both stories and photos.
Started with 4×5 and 2 1/4 squared film formats, transitioned to 35 mm.
His e-mail address is jmichaelraphael[at]yahoo.com
Larry Jamison, staff photographer, Jan. 1970 to May 1975.
Previous experience at the Kent News Journal, Kent Washington, 1969 following graduation from San Jose State University, 1969 with a degree in Journalism with a concentration in Photojournalism. While at the Telegram-Tribune participated in two man show at the Art Center with fellow staff photographer, Wayne Nicholls, June 24-July 29, 1973. One of the highlights of his time there was the flood of Jan. 18, 1973 and a booklet of photos entitled “The Day the Rains Came” with his and Wayne Nicholls images of that day was published by Mrs. LaVerne Schneider with the help of reporter Richard Schmidt and Mrs. Martha Welty.
Upon leaving the Telegram-Tribune, Larry established “Photography By Larry Jamison.” He created a studio in the Warden Building, on Higuera Street, where he had his home. Larry continued his education by attending classes offered by the West Coast School of Photography taught at the Brooks Institute of Photography. His work focused on Weddings, Portraits, boudoir portraiture and restoration of photographs.
Upon leaving the Warden Building in 2004 due to earthquake retrofitting, Larry moved to the Felton Manor.Since then he has published his web site offering general portraits and boudoir portraiture. The site is: http://larryjamison.com/ His e-mail is Larry762[at]tcsn.net
Wayne Nicholls, now at Riverton Ranger in Wyoming.
Thom Halls, went to Fresno Bee where he became photo editor. Later teaching.
Mark Aronoff, staff photographer April 1976-April 1977 currently over 30 years at Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.
Thomas Kelsey, 1976-1977 was a photographer at the Telegram-Tribune in , while attending Cal Poly.
He left after graduating with a BS in Journalism (with an emphasis in Photojournalism) in 1977 and is now at his 9th newspaper, The Santa Barbara News-Press as a full-time independent contractor for the last four years.
Said Kelsey: “In between , Photography has taken me around the world including 12 years as a staffer at the Los Angeles Times, five years at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, CO., and eight years at the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Ca. I also worked at the Thousand Oaks News-Chronicle, Santa Monica Evening Outlook, Five-Cities Times-Press-Recorder in Arroyo Grande and Newsday in Long Island, NY.”
“Beside being part of a team Pulitzer Prize at the LA Times in 1983, I recently published “The Spirit of the West” a 30-year project of landscape and wildlife photography that I started when I attended Ansel Adams’ last workshop in Yosemite National Park in 1981.
I presently live in Goleta, CA”
Tony Hertz, staff photographer 1977-1988
Freelance photographer and Cuesta College faculty member. His nature and editorial photography website is http://www.tonyhertz.com and his wedding photojournalism website is http://www.tonyahertz.com
Ken Chen, commercial photographer in Southern California.
Doug Parker, staff photographer, 1983-1986
Doug Parker started as a news photographer at the Burlington (N.C.) Daily Times-News in 1977 after graduating from San Jose State University. In 1979 he went to work for The Dispatch in Gilroy until he came to the Telegram-Tribune in 1983.
Wanting to further his career in newspaper photography management, Parker enrolled in graduate school at Ohio University in 1986 and earned a master’s degree in journalism and visual communication. In 1988 he became the photo editor for the Alameda Newspaper Group in Hayward until the Times-Picayune in New Orleans hired him in 1990.
Parker has been a photo editor at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans since 1990, and its photo director since 1994. During that time his editing projects have ranged from Fidel Castro’s Cuba to the New Orleans school system, from numerous Super Bowls to LSU’s national football championships. Currently, he has been dedicated to planning and editing photo coverage of the destruction and recovery of New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina.
During his tenure, the photo department has won more than 100 national and international awards. He was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of Hurricane Katrina, and led the team that won the prestigious Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award in 2006. Other projects he has helped edit have been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize three times, with the series, ‘Oceans of Trouble,’ winning the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. In addition to his newspaper editing, he has edited five books.
Parker was born in San Francisco and holds a BA from San Jose State University and a MSJ from Ohio University. He lives in New Orleans with his wife and two daughters.
David Middlecamp (T-T intern/part time 1982-84), Roseville Press-Tribune 1985-1986, Telegram- Tribune staff June 1986-present
When I started my career developing and printing black and white film by hand was an essential job skill. Dust specks were filled in with a Camel hair brush and Spotone or smearing black grease pencil. One of my first professional cameras (a dented Nikon F2) had no light meter with manual focus and exposure control. I learned the basics in the early 1980′s in the Cal Poly journalism department and working at the student run newspaper the Mustang Daily.
Over the last 20 years newspaper photographers have made the transition, with the computer revolution, first to color film, digital cameras and now in the internet age to audio slide shows and video. Cameras now have more complex computers onboard than the first space capsules.
Having begun my career in the previous era I have a lot of respect for how much work went into creating early images for the paper. This blog is a way to showcase some of the storytelling that has been a part of this community since 1869.
Photography became a regular feature in the early 1960’s with the hiring of staff photographers and thanks to them we have some pretty cool stuff to check out.
About half the names here have personally taken the time to teach me something, the rest have shot a photo that inspired me to keep publishing this blog.
Thank you all.
Nick Hoover Stringer for the Sun Bulletin, 1999-2000. Cal Poly Mustang Daily 2005, photo tech/intern/part-timer at The Tribune 2005-2007, freelance 2005-2007 for Cal Poly Public Relations and other publications. B.S. Graphic Communication, Cal Poly 2006. Now a firefighter/paramedic for Carpinteria-Summerland Fire in Santa Barbara County.
Laura Dickinson (intern/stringer 1995) staff 1999-2008
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