Travel Journalism

These stories and images, from witnessing the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama, to reporting on undocumented immigrants in El Paso, Texas, to capturing tears at the Polish presidential funeral of Kaczynski represent my travel side to photojournalism. My accounts from these events were published in the Augustana Observer Newspaper and the Quad City Times.

Presidential Campaign of Barack Obama and John McCain:

From fall 2008 to early 2009, I followed the presidential race through the Quad Cities to Washington, D.C. I photographed John McCain at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Barack Obama both at a small rally in Davenport, Iowa and finally at his presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. The feature report on the inauguration published in the January 23, 2009 edition of the Augustana Observer won first place in the Illinois College Press Association for best photo essay.

Polish Presidential Funeral of Lech Kaczynski:

While interning with the U.S. Department of State in Krakow, Poland, Polish president Lech Kaczynski’s plane crashed over a field in Russia carrying 97 government and cultural figures. In the days after, Polish flags waved from every building and candle shrine- an uncommon expression for Poles. When the funeral came through Krakow, I photographed and wrote from the side lines outside of the main church where the president’s body rested. The spread won third place for 2010 best features story and a photo won first place 2010 best news photo in the Illinois College Press Association

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Fans on the National Mall cheer for Barack Obama at his 2009 Presidential Inauguration.

Fans waited on the National Mall from the early, freezing hours of the day to get a glimpse of Obama at his 2009 presidential inauguration.

Freezing temperatures were no match for the energized fans waiting on the National Mall for Barack Obama's Inaugural address.

Barack Obama at a 2008 rally in Davenport, Iowa.

Obama shakes hands with supporters at a small rally in Davenport, Iowa. This photo was published for a September 26, 2008 editorial of the Quad City Times.

Barack Obama at a 2008 rally in Davenport, Iowa.

Presidential candidate McCain greets supporters at a 2008 rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

2009 Illinois College Press Association First Place Photo Essay of Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration.

2010 Illinois College Press Association Best News Photo of Polish President Lech Kaczynski's funeral. This photo is from a spread covering the president's funeral through Krakow, Poland. The crowd outside of St. Mary's church, where his body rested, filled the main square and all along the funeral procession route. For supporters who could not be in the center, large TV's were set up in a large grass park nearby.

A girl helps her mother pick a spot for a candle under the katyn memorial in Krakow. The memorial became a shrine for the Polish presidential couple immediately after their plane crashed over the Katyn fields.

2010 Illinois College Press Association Third Place Features Story of Polish President Lech Kaczynski's funeral.

A special edition of the Augustana College Newspaper published in Spring 2009. The four-page edition reports on a border immersion trip to El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico I took with the Augustana Student Advocates For Awareness of Refugee and Immigration Issues. The report captures what implications the border fence has on undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. and what the border fence means for those living in Mexico.

Undocumented immigrants find sanctuary and time to celebrate a daughter's quinceanera at a local church in El Paso, Texas.

Mexican children get as close as they legally can to "El Norte" as U.S. Border Patrol Agent, Jose Perez, discusses the border with Augustana College students.