2009 Faculty


Billy Calzada bridges still photography with multimedia as a print/web/video/photojournalist at the San Antonio Express-News. He also serves as a guest lecturer at high school, college and university classes and events, and volunteers in the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Mentorship program.

Calzada has a passion for understanding how to survive in today’s journalism environment, and the impact of journalist’s work on the lives of their subjects. Calzada comes from a family of journalists, including his two brothers, Victor and Robert, as well as his wife, Alicia.

Referencing C.S. Lewis’ The Shadowlands, Calzada says, “As a photojournalist, I seek to experience the joys and the pain of those in my own ‘Shadowlands;’ to live and think and laugh every day.




Bob Carey’s passion for photography began in high school and has spanned over four decades. His love for capturing moments in time lead him to a career in photojournalism, and for the past 12 years, he has dedicated himself to developing photographers.

As chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C., Carey shares his passion with students. He also serves as President of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and serves on the board of directors of Christians in Photojournalism.




Bill Fortney’s employment experience spans from high school football coach to public relations, but his work in photography earned him national recognitions. Currently Nikon Professional Services tech rep and Nikon’s liaison for the Nature Market, Fortney has produced two Runaway Best Sellers, America From 500 Feet and The Nature of America, and has just released America From 500 Feet II.

Bill founded Great American Photography Weekends with his wife, Sherelene, running more than 250 field events in every major national park as well as in Africa and the Galapagos Islands.




Stanley Leary converted his hobby of people watching and his compassion for people into a career. Leary honed his skills at local papers, colleges and the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Stanley is a prominent freelance photographer based in Atlanta, GA. He currently serves as Visual Consultant for Chick-fil-A. Stan is represented by the Black Star agency.

Stanley loves to share his expertise and teaches widely.  He has taught photography and the business of photography at such diverse places as University of The Nations in Hawaii, Reinhardt College, Waleska, GA, Berry College in Georgia, Portfolio Center in Atlanta and at Dallas Baptist University. He has been a guest lecturer at World Journalism Institute and the Southwestern Photojournalist Conference in Fort Worth, Art Institute of Atlanta, the Atlanta Chapter of the ASMP and the Southeastern Photographic Society. Leary’s work has appeared in Newsweek,  Business Week,  Sports IllustratedWired, Chicago TribuneNY TimesWorld Book Encyclopedia, Information WeekPopular MechanicsTechnology ReviewAtlanta Journal and Constitution, and many other publications.

Stanley is married to Dorie Griggs and they have three children.




Whether skydiving at 12,000 feet or scuba diving at 100 feet below sea
level, Matt Miller will have a camera in his hand. Matt’s photography has
carried him to over 40 countries around the world, where he’s covered major sporting events, natural disasters, and unreached people groups. Blending formal training, personal experience, and a love of Christ, Miller teaches visual-storytellers to treat each assignment as an opportunity to invest in the people you meet.

Serving as Director of Photography/Videography for Southwestern Baptist
Theological Seminary and Southwestern News, Miller leads a team that blends still photography with multimedia. Matt views images as invaluable storytelling tools for advancing the Gospel.  Miller’s work has appeared in countless magazines and newspapers worldwide, and his freelance clients range from local brides to major multinational corporations.



Scott Strazzante, 44, was born and raised in the shadows of the steel mills on the far southeast corner of Chicago. The son of a tire dealer, Strazzante first became interested in photography when he started taking his dad’s Canon AE-1 to Chicago White Sox games.

After college, Strazzante began what has now been a 22-year career at Chicago-area newspapers, including The Daily Calumet, the Daily Southtown, and the Joliet Herald-News. In 2000, he was named National Newspaper Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association and the Missouri School of Journalism.

In 2001, Strazzante started work at the Chicago Tribune where he spends his time as a general assignment photographer. Strazzante, a 6-time Illinois Photographer of the Year, has covered the Super Bowl, the World Series and the last three Olympic Games, but he is more proud of his photo columns- Heart and Soul and The Season- which chronicled the everyday triumphs and struggles of the high school athlete.

Strazzante was recently named Northern Illinois University’s Journalist of the Year, only the 2nd time in 37 years that the award has been bestowed on a photojournalist.

Strazzante was also part of the Chicago Tribune team that won a Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for a series about faulty government regulation of dangerously defective toys, cribs and car seats.

In 2008, MediaStorm published Common Ground, a multimedia piece on Strazzante’s personal project on the transformation of a piece of land in suburban Chicago from rural to suburban. The 14-year-long project has also been published in the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, Mother Jones and National Geographic.

Strazzante lives in Yorkville, Illinois with his wife Anna and their 4 children.




While working on her Bachelor of Art degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina, Ashlie White’s innovation and diplomacy secured funding for university students to travel to journalism workshops and seminars throughout the United States. After college, she traveled abroad to Ecuador and Spain before returning to the states and becoming a staff photographer at The Chattanooga Times Free Press.

White is currently the Director of Project Development for Adaptive Technologies in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her work has been honored by the College Photographer of the Year contest, East Tennessee Golden Press Card Contest and the Pictures of the Year International contest.




2008 Faculty


As a freelance photographer for 28 years Dave’s work has primarily centered on the sports industry for such publications as Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and the award winning TV show Sports Century on ESPN. The list of event coverage includes the Masters, Kentucky Derby, National Football League, NASCAR and extensive work regarding the United States Olympic Committee, Olympic athletes and coverage of twelve Olympic Games. Known for his creative use of lighting and in particular with the artistic technique of Lightpainting, Dave’s portfolio continues to broaden including work for the National Geographic and the book Where Valor Rests, Arlington National Cemetery.

Dave has been a teacher and guest lecturer on photography since 1986 at numerous workshops including Rich Clarkson’s Photography at the Summit and Sports Photography Workshops and with American PHOTO magazine’s Mentor series of international workshops. He is one of Nikon’s “Legends Behind the Lens” photographers and is closely involved with the next generation of photojournalists by teaching and lecturing at Colleges and Universities each year. His monthly website tutorial pages “Workshop at the Ranch” and “On the Road” attract more than 100,000 unique visitors monthly.




Pat Davison, associate professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, is a 1987 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, he previously worked as a staff photojournalist at the Rocky Mountain News (Denver), the Dallas Morning News, The Pittsburgh Press and the Albuquerque Tribune. As a 1999 2000 Knight Fellow for Newsroom Management, Davison earned a master’s degree in photography at the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University.

Davison was part of the Rocky Mountain News photo staff that received the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Breaking News Photography in 2000, for coverage of the Columbine High School tragedy. He has won more than 100 awards, including runner-up Newspaper Photographer of the Year in the 1993 Pictures of the Year competition, and is a five time NPPA Region 8 Photographer of the Year. He won the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Photography in 1998 and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi photography award in 1989.

Davison and his wife, Emiko, have three daughters.




Tom Kennedy is the managing editor for multimedia at Washington Post, Newsweek Interactive, recipient of 2006 local and national EMMY awards and three consecutive Edward R. Murrow awards for video journalism.

He directs the photography and multimedia departments, overseeing creation and editing of visual content on the Web site, including still photography, audio and video.

Kennedy was the director of photography at the National Geographic Society from 1987 to 1997, with a primary focus on National Geographic Magazine, where he cultivated long-term relationships with a worldwide network of more than 200 freelance photographers. The magazine received nominations for the best use of photography by a magazine from the American Society of Magazine Editors nine times during that period, and won the award five times.

Prior to joining the National Geographic Society, Kennedy was deputy graphic director at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he directed and edited projects that won Pulitzer Prizes in Feature Photography in 1985 and 1986. Beginning his professional career as a staff photographer at The Orlando Sentinel Star, Kennedy went on to the Gainesville Sun where he later became director of photography. Currently, he serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Journalism. He also is on the board of directors for the Eddie Adams Workshop and on the boards of advisors to several photojournalism programs including the University of Florida and Brooks Institute. He lectures at various colleges, participates in photojournalism and multimedia workshops, and serves frequently as a juror for various photojournalism competitions.

Kennedy is a Florida native and a graduate from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism.




Chris Sinclair is a correspondent for a number of NGOs throughout Asia. He is based in Thailand where he serves as a multimedia producer. After living in China learning Mandarin from 2001-2003, he interned at the Greeley Tribune and Salt Lake Tribune as a photographer. He returned to Asia in 2005 where he began a personal project documenting ethnic conflict on the Thai-Burma border. Over the past two years, he has traveled on assignment to 20 countries on four continents. He has spent much of the past year transitioning into the video world and has helped develop several online multimedia initiatives.




Maggie Steber is an internationally-known documentary photographer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and book anthologies as well as one-woman and group exhibitions around the world.

Her photographic work in Haiti over the past 25 years won Steber two major grants: the Alicia Patterson Grant and the Ernst Haas Grant. She has twice been a finalist for The Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography. The Haiti work culminated in the publication by Aperture Foundation of DANCING ON FIRE: Photographs From Haiti. Steber also served as Director of Photography and A.M.E. for Features at the Miami Herald from 1999 to 2003. Under her direction, the photo staff was twice finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in feature photography and won a Pulitzer for coverage of the Elian Gonzalez story. She also works as a photography consultant for newspaper redesigns with the Garcia Media Group. Her work has been exhibited internationally in one-woman shows, including Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, and in Paris at the Jardins du Luxombourg, and is included in many museum and private collections.

Steber’s honors includes:

–2007 Knight Foundation grant to design prototype for New American Newspaper and website through Knight Internatl. Media Center at Univ. of Miami
–2003 Medal of Honor for Contribution to Journalism, Univ. of Missouri
–2001 Pulitzer Prize for Miami Herald coverage of Elian Gonzalez story
–First Prize Spot News World Press Photo Foundation for Haiti
–The Leica Medal of Excellence
–Overseas Press Club Award for Best Photographic Coverage from Abroad
–First Prize Magazine News/Documentary NPPA PICTURES OF THE YEAR
–Recipient Alicia Patterson Foundation Grant
–Recipient Ernst Haas Photography Grant

Her clients include National Geographic Magazine, the New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, People Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, (where she was a contract Photographer for five years), U.S. News and World Report, T.V. Guide, DU Magazine of Switzerland, Merian Magazine of Germany, French Geo.



Gabriel Tait is currently attending Asbury Theological Seminary studying Intercultural Studies in the E. Stanley Jones School of World Missions. In 2006, he and his family (his wife, Ilka; his two sons, Devon and Galen) relocated from St. Louis, MO to Wilmore, KY, so that all of them can be a part of this new direction. For the past two summers, they traveled to Kenya and Tanzania, Africa on short-term mission assignments, where they worked hand-in-hand with the Kenyans and Tanzanians to assist with building churches, to minister to the needs of the people, and to fellowship with them. He led a team of eight disciples to Tanzania in 2007. He says that the experiences were transforming and are constant reminders of the faithfulness of God.

He is the founder of Mission Visions Ministry, a ministry committed to educating, empowering, and mobilizing Christian disciples as they seek God’s call in their lives through missions and the arts.

Prior to this major life change, Gabriel worked for more than 15 years as a Photojournalist, during which time he worked at The Detroit Free Press, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and smaller newspapers across the country. His international assignments took him to Kosovo, Albania, Japan, Scotland, and many of the Middle Eastern countries, including Iraq, during the war (2002). Nationally, he has covered many Presidential inaugurations, NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB season games and championships, and many news and feature stories. He says that his greatest moment was working as the exclusive photographer during the opening of the Rosa Parks Museum in Birmingham, Alabama, during which he made an award-winning photograph of Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King in their emotional reunion. He has always given God the Glory for the visions that he has been able to capture during his career. However, now, Gabriel uses his gift of photojournalism to show the beauty of God’s earth, the people, and the animals that dwell upon it. He currently works as a freelance photojournalist for the Lexington Herald-Leader and other publications.

Gabriel is strongly committed to his community; he believes in cooperative participation and tends to take on leadership roles whenever needed. He is an associate minister at Consolidated Baptist Church, in Lexington, KY. He was appointed and accepted a position as the student representative on the Asbury Theological Seminary Presidential Search Committee. Socially, he is a Brother of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Gabriel is a graduate of Slippery Rock University (PA) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication with an emphasis in Photojournalism.

2007 Faculty


Brian Storm is president of MediaStorm, a multimedia production studio whose principal aim is to usher in the next generation of multimedia storytelling by publishing social documentary projects incorporating photojournalism and audio reporting across multiple media.

A passionate and innovative leader in the fields of photojournalism and new media, Storm has served the profession as a photojournalist, a picture editor, a technological pioneer, and a champion of fair and emerging business practices. Storm’s professional experience includes two years as vice president of News, Multimedia and Assignment Services for Corbis, where he developed a global strategy for production, packaging and distribution. He also built Corbis’ model for editorial representation and assignment services emphasizing in-depth multimedia reporting.

From 1995 to 2002 Storm was director of multimedia at MSNBC.com, a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC News, where he was responsible for the audio, photography and video elements of the site. Storm created destinations such as The Week in Pictures and Picture Stories to showcase visual journalism in new media.

Storm received his master’s degree in photojournalism in 1995 from the University of Missouri where he ran the School of Journalism’s New Media Lab, taught Electronic Photojournalism and produced CD-ROMs for the Pictures of the Year competition and the Missouri Photo Workshop.



Carolyn Cole is a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times, where she covers national and international news. A graduate of the University of Texas Carolyn has worked as a staff photographer for the Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Examiner and El Paso Herald Post. She also spent two years in Mexico City working as a freelance photographer before joining the LA Times in 1994. She has dedicated her career to documenting the news and people whose lives are by affected by conflict.

Carolyn was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 2004 for her coverage of the civil crisis in Liberia. Her combined work from Liberia and Iraq earned her the title of newspaper photographer of the year from both the University of Missouri, Pictures of the Year competition (2004) and the National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism (2004), which she also won in 2002. Cole is a two-time winner of the Robert Capa courage in photojournalism award, and has earned three World Press Photo photo awards. She is currently based in New York.

Link to her photos at the Los Angeles Times, you will need to scroll down to her photos.



Sam Cranston credits his experiences as a missionary kid, exploring the highlands of Papua New Guinea with his first camera, for setting him on a photojournalistic trek. His first newspaper credit appeared in the national newspaper on a self-generated photo story about a hydroelectric project.

After high school, Sam returned to the U.S. and started stringing for local newspapers while completing a degree at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Since early 1989 he has been on staff at The Daytona Beach News-Journal. For the past three years as Assistant Managing Editor of Photography, he has challenged a fifteen-member team to purposefully improve their photographic tradition through active, thoughtful, personal journalism.

Throughout his professional career, Sam has managed to keep his mission roots healthy by freelancing and/or donating photographic coverage for many NGO’s. In 2006 this work brought him to Haiti, India, Philippines, Honduras and Guatemala.

Sam’s heart is for people and their stories and he is committed to the belief that photojournalism, in all its personifications, is still the most powerful way to grip and move readers (viewers).

Sam’s photos at Daytona Beach News-Journal.



Jessica Webb Sibley is a staff photojournalist for the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Jessica picked up a camera in college after being captivated by missions photography. A 2002 graduate of Gardner-Webb University, she interned at the Shelby (N.C.) Star while in school. After interning for eight months at the Gaston (N.C.) Gazette, Jessica landed her first job for the Daily Reflector in Greenville, North Carolina. While on staff at the Daily Reflector, Jessica won second place for her photos “Changing Hearts, Changing Minds.”

Webb spent about two months following a pair of Ugandan children through the Samaritan’s Purse Heart Project, which brought them the U.S. to repair congenital heart defects. Webb won three more awards: second place in feature photography and third place for sports photography and photo illustration. While in North Carolina, she also won awards with the North Carolina Press Photographer’s Association.

In March 2005 Jessica joined the staff at the News-Journal. In her first year there, she won two third place awards with the Florida Press Club.

Her first-person account of covering the beatings of three seniors, resulting in two deaths—A Photojounalist’s Worst Nightmare was published published Aug. 17, 2006 by the National Press Photographers Association on their Web site. The trio had been the subject of one of her recent photography projects. For the National Press Photographers Association story here.



Roy M. Burroughs has spent the past 12 years photographing the far reaches of the world. His work has carried him to over 50 countries and on six continents, including the Himalayas, the Sahara, and the Jungles of Central America. Along the way, he has survived cobras, scorpions, typhoons, tuberculosis, airline accidents, and taxi rides in India.

But his work is not about adventure or getting the photo. It’s about telling stories that make a difference, that need to be told. Among them is a story about volunteer medical personnel working among the poorest of the poor, and a story on a humanitarian aid worker teaching a village how to grow food for their starving children.
Burroughs and his wife of nine years, Evelyn, live in Midlothian, Va. They are parents of two beautiful redheaded boys, Joshua and Ethan.



Karim Shamsi-Basha is an award-winning photographer and writer. He was born in Damascus – Syria in 1965, grew up in Kuwait, and came to the United States in 1984 to study Engineering at the University of Tennessee. He in fluent in both Arabic and English.

His work has been published in publications all over the world such as: Sports Illustrated, People, Time, Executive Traveler, Private Air, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Portico, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Parenting just to name a few.

He has traveled on assignments to countries including: Syria, China, France, the Check Republic, Mexico, and Turkey.

He was a professor of Photojournalism at Samford University in Birmingham for ten years. He has three books published.

Karim’s work has also been shown in galleries around the country. In 2005, he was one of 100 photographers commissioned to photograph for the book: “ America 24/7.

He speaks on subjects such as photography as well as Islam, Christianity, Arab-Americans, and Politics. He is a single father to the three most precious children in the world: Zade, Dury, and Demi.