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Ben Garvin


Ben Garvin is an Emmy Award-winning multimedia photojournalist for KARE11 News. He’s been named Journalist of the Year by the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, photographer of the year by the Minnesota News Photographers Association and his work on assignment for the New York Times was included in the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning story on food poisoning in 2010. Previously Garvin worked for the Pioneer Press, the Christian Science Monitor in Boston and the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire. Garvin grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he studied creative writing at the University of Arkansas and he went on to earn a BFA in Visual Journalism at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He lives in South Minneapolis with his wife Jessica, his two boys, Arthur and Lewis, and his twin girls, Netta and Bailey.


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Brian Peterson  BP Mug2

Best known for his work for Minneapolis Star Tribune since 1987, Brian Peterson has documented life in both Minnesota and around the world. National clients include: National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, ESPN and The New York Times. Born in Duluth Minnesota, Brian Peterson has enjoyed a career in his home state that has allowed him to pursue stories that he cares most about, and retain a strong commitment to his family. Peterson and his wife Lori have three daughters and two grandchildren.

Peterson has been recognized nationally and internationally for his documentary photojournalism, including a Robert F. Kennedy Photojournalism Award, Canon Photo Essay Award from Pictures of the Year International and Gordon Parks Photo Award. He’s been honored nine times as Minnesota Press Photographer of the Year.

Peterson has covered major stories including; Russia before and after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, both the 1987 and 91 Minnesota Twins World Series victories, the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup playoffs, the US Open and PGA Golf Championships, college basketball’s Final Four, US Figure Skating Championships, and 5 Winter and Summer Olympic Games.

Peterson has been honored by both the Baseball and Football Halls of Fame and the National Press Photographers Association for his sports photography. Recently Peterson has focused his camera on environmental issues, including a six-month study of the pollution in the Minnesota River.  The yearlong feature called “Voices for the Land”, exploredthe issues surrounding land use and urban sprawl in the state. The project was published as a weekly newspaper feature,multimedia web site and as a book. The Book “Voices for the Land” was the winner of three Minnesota Book Awards. Peterson’s most recent project, Minnesota-State of Wonders, was produced as a newspaper series, multimedia web site and now as a self-published coffee table book.

Peterson has embraced new multimedia technology,branching into video and audio storytelling in his pursuit of stories. Peterson has been honored with three Regional Emmy Awards for his video work on Startribune.com.


J.Scott Applewhite  steercomm-applewhite-60x80p

J. Scott Applewhite is the senior photojournalist with The Associated Press in Washington. His primary beat for three decades has been the White House where his coverage of six presidents — Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and now Barack Obama — has given him a front-row seat to history. Most recently, he is focusing on the struggles of a divided and divisive Congress.

Many of Applewhite’s highlight assignments have taken him far from politics and presidents: wars in the Middle East and the Balkans, the invasion of Panama, the terror of Haiti and the anguish of Africa. His expertise at getting into and filing from some of the world’s most difficult datelines made him one of AP’s busiest frontline photojournalists.

Applewhite was honored with his second Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography in 1999 for his images documenting President Clinton’s impeachment crisis. His photos from the 1992 presidential campaigns helped the AP win a Pulitzer for Feature Photography in 1993. That same year, his coverage of the Somalia tragedy merited the Pulitzer Honored Finalist citation. Noting a career of excellence and initiative, The Associated Press more recently singled out Applewhite for its prestigious Gramling Spirit Award.

On Capitol Hill, he serves as chairman of the Senate Press Photographers Gallery. Beyond his daily work for The Associated Press, Applewhite is enthusiastic about sharing his experience with young journalists through mentoring programs and professional associations.

Before joining the AP, Applewhite worked for the Palm Beach Post and Miami Herald in Florida, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and The Gleaner, in Henderson, Ky.

A son of Kentucky, Applewhite’s passion for news was sparked as a journalism student at Western Kentucky University where he was recently honored with the 2011 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Journalism.

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