PRESS ACCESS PANEL

March 16-19, 2017   Navy League Building   Arlington, VA

Tom Kennedy is Executive Director for American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), and an internationally-known visual journalist with extensive experience in print and online journalism, including positions as Managing Editor for Multimedia at The Washington Post and Director of Photography for the National Geographic Magazine.  He has created, directed, and edited visual journalism projects that have earned Pulitzer Prizes, as well as EMMY, Peabody, and Edward R. Murrow awards.  Most recently, he has been a multimedia consultant, advising individual photographers and organizations on the use of visual communication.


Kennedy has been a featured speaker at some of the most prestigious journalism conferences and media workshops around the world, while also consulting to various academic institutions and international media companies on topics ranging from media management to multimedia storytelling and innovating within a corporate environment.

As the Managing Editor for Multimedia at washingtonpost.com, Kennedy conceptualized and developed its multimedia section, and created the first documentary video team to produce stories for a newspaper website.  His expertise in identifying, recruiting, and managing creative talent led to a continuous stream of professional awards over an 11-year period, while also achieving business revenue and traffic goals.


Prior to joining washingtonpost.com, Kennedy was the Director of Photography at the National Geographic Society for ten years.  He directed the Photographic Division that produced all still photography for the Society, with the primary focus on National Geographic Magazine.  While at the Philadelphia Inquirer as Deputy Graphics Director, Kennedy directed and edited two projects that earned Pulitzer Prizes for feature photography.  Early in his newspaper career, he worked as a photojournalist at The Gainesville (FL) Sun and The Orlando (FL) Sentinel Star.


Kennedy serves on the Board of Directors for the Eddie Adams Photo Workshop and has served previously  on the Board of Advisors for The Knight Center for International Journalism within the School of Communication at the University of Miami, and the Board of Visitors for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  He has also been an advisor to visual journalism programs at the University of North Texas and University of Florida.

Kennedy graduated cum laude with a degree in journalism from the University of Florida


TOM KENNEDY

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Chris Usher graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Journalism. Usher spent several years as a newspaper photographer before going freelance and moving to Washington, DC in 1990.

Usher's photojournalism work appeared regularly in domestic and international publications for more than three decades. He is the recipient of numerous domestic and international awards, including an Eisenstaedt Award (2000) for his unique and controversial depiction of President Clinton's post-acquittal speech. In 2005, Usher's Behind the Velvet Rope, a collection of behind-the-scenes images shot with a Leica while covering the President of the United States, became a traveling exhibition and book. In 2008, he self-published One of Us, selects from his documentation of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The project exhibit opened at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in 2008. Since 2009, Usher has been the still photographer for CBS' Face the Nation.

When Usher isn't on assignment or at CBS' studios, he can be found at Bokeh Ridge Farm, in the panhandle of West Virginia, with his wife Adrienne, their seven rescue cats, three retired ponies and a one-eyed mini donkey. If he's not on the tractor, he's probably in the dark room, processing large format photography, the old-fashioned way.




CHRIS USHER

Molly is an independent photographer based in Washington DC, with more than 20 years experience in the wire services.  During her first 14 years in DC, Molly worked for Reuters News Pictures as an editor and photographer covering all aspects of news, politics, sports and entertainment.


Some of her favorite assignments include: Winter Olympics, Stanley Cup hockey, World Series, Triple Crown horse racing, Presidential Inauguration, Volvo Ocean Race, Pope visit to DC, and the Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders year-long multi-media project.


In January of 2012 Molly embarked on a freelance career and has enjoyed assignments covering Capitol Hill, the White House, corporate events, weddings, portraits, and a week in the Bahamas documenting the making of the Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders Calendar.  Clients have included Associate Press, AFP, UPI, Getty Images, POLITICO, Mclatchy, Seattle Times, Baltimore Sun Marketing Group, The Elders, and many more.  


Molly graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in engineering, and served in the Peace Corps in Zaire in a fish farming program. Molly is an avid boater and being on the water, to her, is just as much as a a necessity of life as photography is.

MOLLY RILEY

Susan Walsh is a staff photographer for the Associated Press in the Washington bureau covering everything from the White House to Capitol Hill with some sports thrown in for fun. Walsh was part of the Associated Press photo team that won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for a collection of photos chronicling former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.


A native of Las Vegas, Nev., Walsh attended Boston University with dreams of becoming an aerospace engineer. Her road to photojournalism was paved after she discovered that photography came easier than physics. She interned at the Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass., and then took a staff job at the Springfield Union News in Springfield, Mass.


In 1991, Walsh started as a staff photographer for the Associated Press in Boston. She transfered to the Washington bureau in 1997 after getting bit by the political bug covering President Clinton’s second inauguration.


Her assignments have taken her all over the world and she has covered five Olympic Games, six Super Bowls, and countless political and sporting events. Walsh served as President of the White House News Photographers Association (whnpa.org) for 5 years.


Walsh says she’s a “paid busybody who gets a front row seat to history."


“I’ve had so many cool ‘firsts,’” she says. “My first time on Air Force One, my first Super Bowl, my first Olympics. It’s been a great way to see the world.”


SUSAN WALSH

JIM WATSON

Jim Watson lives in Centreville, MD, and is currently a photojournalist for the international wire service Agence France-Presse (AFP) based in Washington, DC.  He joined AFP in November of 2001 after serving 8 years as a photographers mate in the U.S. Navy, ending his tour of service at All Hands Magazine.  Upon being hired at AFP in 2001, Jim quickly used his past military experience to move himself into position to cover the Iraq War.  He was embedded with the 101st Airborne on their journey to Baghdad and upon his return to Washington, was transferred to London where he covered politics, entertainment and sports on a daily basis for two years.  


After traveling throughout Europe to cover assignments, Jim transferred back to Washington, DC, and has covered a variety of events around the world, both as AFP's photographer assigned to the White House Press Corps, and on general assignment for breaking news stories.  


He is a graduate of Syracuse University's New House School of Public Communication with a Bachelor's of Science in photojournalism and is currently completing a Master's of Arts in New media Journalism with an emphasis on multimedia.  His pictures have been seen in countless articles, magazines and periodicals as well as Internet news sites globally and was won numerous awards during his 19-years in the industry.  Always eager to give back to those he learned from, Watson has taught military photojournalism workshops and has judged the annual Military Photographer of the Year competition.  


Blake Sell has more than 30 years of experience in the photo industry, having held senior positions in a number of major news media organizations and photo agencies, including most recently as the global head of the Associated Press photo business.


As a staff photographer for the Reuters news agency, Blake covered hundreds of major stories in 50 countries including most of the major news, sports and entertainment events over two decades.  He served as Reuters' White House photographer during the Clinton administration. His photographs have been published in every major magazine, newspaper and website in the world thanks largely to the tremendous reach of the wire service business.


He helped pioneer the use of digital photography starting in 1992 when Kodak designed the first digital camera and used Reuters photographers to secretly test the new technology in real world situations.


Blake moved to the business side of the photo industry, heading two photo agencies and then as director of business development at Getty Images. In 2011 he founded Invision, the entertainment startup company partially owned by the AP.


He splits his time between New York and Annapolis, Maryland, working as a consultant for news media organizations and testifying in federal court as an expert witness in copyright and photo practices cases.


BLAKE SELL