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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist to Visit SUU

February 01, 2006
Category: Academics


The Provost’s Office and the Southern Utah University Student Association recently partnered with the New York Times to have the newspaper available on campus. With that arrangement came the benefit for SUU to take advantage of the New York Times Speaker Series, in which internationally-impacting professionals come to campus to share their wisdom and expertise with SUU students.

The first opportunity for such a scenario is happening at SUU on Friday, February 24 with the presentation of three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Ruth Fremson--New York Times staff photographer who has photographed some of the most pivotal moments in recent history.

At the Times since 2000, Fremson has captured through her lens, the presidential campaigns of John McCain and Al Gore, the conflicts in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Israel, and the aftermath of 9-11, just to name a few of the world-changing events she has brought to the front doorstep of millions of Americans.

Previously, she spent six years as a staff photographer with The Associated Press where she covered events in Jerusalem and Israel; Washington, D.C. and the White House; the Olympics in Atlanta; the Republican and Democratic conventions; Senator Bob Dole’s presidential campaign; the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales; the Popes’s visit to Cuba; the American intervention in Haiti; the civil war in Bosnia; the Susan Smith trial; and sports. Before that, Fremson was a staff photographer at The Washington Times where her assignments included the fall of the Berlin Wall, communism in Czechoslovakia and Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign and inauguration.

In 2001, Fremson was part of a team of photographers who won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography in their images narrating the events of 9-11. In that same year, she was also a member of a team awarded a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the discord in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Also, in 1999, she, with other members of The Associated Press, received a Pulitzer Prize for feature photography of the Clinton impeachment proceedings.

While on the campus of SUU, Fremson will visit classes and share with students her experiences and knowledgeable tips about success in her field. She will participate in an Open Academic Forum from 11 a.m. to Noon.

Then at 1:30, Fremson will give a special Convocation installation, free to the campus and Iron County communities. Her presentation, titled “Global Hotspots- Images and Ideas” will feature several of the moving photographs she has captured—ones that will surely serve as historical revelations for years and years to come.

Later that afternoon, Fremson will conduct a workshop on “Ethics in Journalism” with the student staff of the University Journal newspaper. At 4 p.m., Fremson will be available for interviews and photos with the University and public press.

Fremson is sending 10 of her extraordinary prints, in a large format, for exhibit in the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery from February 9 through the month. Her photos will join the art creations of the SUU Art Department faculty in the “Get Real” exhibit that just arrived on campus from being on display at the Springville Art Museum in Springville, Utah.

Born in Long Island, N.Y., Fremson received her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University with a dual major in graphic design and photography. She then did her graduate work in photojournalism at Ohio University. She began her journalistic career in the summer of 1998 as an intern for the Washington Times. In her impressive career, she has been honored by the National Press Photographers Association, The New York Press Photographers Association and The White House News Photographer’s Association.

See this globally-impacting photojournalist at SUU on February 24.

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