Steve Elliott is the founding director of Cronkite News Service’s print/digital journalism program. He joined the Cronkite School in September 2006 after a 19-year career with The Associated Press, the world’s largest news organization. Elliott’s AP career included tours as a reporter, newsroom manager, bureau chief and business executive. At Cronkite News Service, Elliott leads groups of advanced students in coverage of statewide stories for newspapers and news Web sites. Their stories appear regularly in nearly 30 publications across the Arizona and region.
John Freeman has headed the photojournalism program at the University of Florida since joining the faculty in 1991. His research interest focuses on successful photojournalists and has been published in Visual Communications Quarterly and News Photographer magazine. He has mentored six undergraduate students on University Scholars research projects, where each student was awarded summer grants of $2,000 to $2,500. Freeman previously taught a variety of journalism classes at Wichita State University between 1981-91. He has a master’s in communication for Wichita State University (1987) and a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism (1975). His professional experience includes six years as a staff photographer at The Wichita Eagle in Kansas and college internships at The Arizona Republic and Palm Beach Post.
Adrian Vargas Nunez was born in El Paso, Texas. He graduated from UTEP with a Major in Communication Studies and Sociology.
Laura L. Camden has been a professional photojournalist for the past 15 years. During her career, she has been on contract with Reuters News Pictures based in Austin, Texas, covering the presidential campaign of George W. Bush as well working the picture desk at Reuters in Washington, DC. Camden also spent five years as a staff photographer for several Gannett newspapers in Texas and New York. Her photographic work has been published in various newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Austin American-Statesman and The Washington Post. Her work has also appeared in solo exhibitions in Boston, New York, Kansas, Texas and Pennsylvania. In October 2006, Texas A&M University Press published Laura's first documentary photography book, Mennonites in Texas: The Quiet in the Land, an intimate look at the lifestyle and culture of two Texas Mennonite communities. In addition, she donated her photographic archive to the University of Texas at Austin's Center for American History in 2006. She is currently completing a documentary project based on fieldwork she and her students conducted at the Mainpat Tibetan Refugee Settlement in northern India last December. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Montana, adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin and visiting fellow at the University of Wollongong in Australia. Currently, she is an associate professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona where she teaches photojournalism and documentary studies. Her creative interests focus on editorial photography, American studies ethnography and cultural anthropology.