Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist to spend week at WKU.


The Western Kentucky University School of Journalism & Broadcasting is pleased to present the 2009 Gaines Lecture, “World in Conflict” by Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Rick Loomis. He will be presenting his work to the public Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 7:30 pm at Mass Media and Technology Hall auditorium. Admission is free.

Rick Loomis is a staff photographer at the Los Angeles Times where he has worked poster_loomis2 since graduating from Western Kentucky University in 1994. He served as an embedded photojournalist during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Haiti, Israel and Palestine. In 2007, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his work on a five part series, Altered Oceans, which delved into the ills of the world’s oceans.

The National Press Photographers Association recognized Loomis as Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 2003. Also in 2003 and 2004, The California Press Photographers Association acknowledged him as Photographer of the Year.

Before joining the Times, Loomis completed internships at the News-Sentinel (Ft. Wayne, In.), the Gazette (Colorado Springs, Co.), the Seattle Times and the Syracuse newspapers.

The Gaines Lecture Series began in 2004 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of The Park City Daily News, the local newspaper owned by the Gaines family of Bowling Green. For more information contact the Chair of the Gaines Lecture Series, Jeanine Howard-Cherry at (270) 745-8921 or jeanine.cherry@wku.edu.

Photo by Rick Loomis/LA Times

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