Odds & Ends

Life in the balance

My name is Kris, and I’m a work-a-holic. (Oh, that’s terrible, you say.) I’m not proud of it. I’ve battled being a work-a-holic my entire life. When I chose a career in photojournalism, I knew I was feeding my bad habit. News is a monster with a huge appetite. It’s demanding and unpredictable. I love […]


Where were you on September 11, 2001?

September 12, 2006 – Where were you when you heard the news of the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001? Share your thoughts and memories with others as we all reflect after five years.


The Silver Bullet

Survival Afield By Nathan Pier I’m not talking about a beer commercial from the 80’s. There always seems to be that one certain item that is invaluable to have with you while on assignment… that magical item that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to do your job without and, unfortunately, the item some […]


You may have already won!

Dan Powers of the Appleton Post-Crescent cannot find who won two Aquatech raincoats at the WNPA convention, but he would sure like to find out. Please e-mail him at dpowers@appleton.gannett.com so you can claim your prize.


WNPA Redesign ’06: what would you like to see?

WNPA webmaster Scott Anderson is beginning the early stages of redesigning the official site of the WNPA, and is looking for your input or suggestions. So, what would you like to see in the next version of the website? Please be as specific and constructive as you can and cite examples of what you’re looking […]


Reporter of the what?

A day before my 29th birthday, the executive editor had me stand up in front of that evening’s budget meeting. At that meeting, he introduced me to the staff as the “Reporter of the Future.” Talk about pressure. Ever since I first picked up a real camera when I was, say 17 or 18 years […]


Trapped cat causes stir in Eau Claire

Trapped cat causes stir in Eau Claire

An area homeowner accidentally drywalled their cat in during a home remodeling project. Shane Opatz took a photo showing the hole they had to cut to extract the cat. Here’s the photo: Here’s how the story begins: There’s something to that saying about cats and nine lives — and Jany Chumas’ pet is proof. A […]


Repairs Afield

It was about two years ago when I got my full fledged credentials as a fixer. During a Badger men’s basketball game a student who had traveled hundreds of miles to cover it ran into a problem. Her camera body was shooting blank black frames about 99% of the time and she had no idea […]