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William Snyder

William Snyder

William Snyder is a four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, editor, manager and educator. He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with highest honors and a BS in photography. He returned to RIT in 2008 to teach and also serves as the Chair of the Photojournalism Program.

Following graduation from RIT in 1981, Snyder began working for The Miami News where he covered many of the city's major news stories. In 1983 Snyder moved to The Dallas Morning News where he won three Pulitzer Prizes along with numerous other awards during his 15 years as a staff photographer.

In 1989 Snyder became an Assignment and Photo Editor and, in 2005, was named Director of Photography. Under his direction, the DMN photography staff won dozens of awards from the Texas Headliners Foundation, Pictures of The Year Internationally, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism and Best Use of Photography in addition to other state and national awards. The photography department was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

Michael Dear

Michael Dear

Michael Dear is the Operations Manager for the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. An avid photographer, Mike has extensive experience with a variety of digital equipment, software and workflows. He created and proposed new color managed workflows in the school from more than 15 years and has consulted extensively on the subject.

Evan Vucci

Evan Vucci is a photojournalist for the Associated Press based in Washington, D.C. He studied photojournalism at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he graduated in 2000. He began his career as a freelance photographer for Reuters News Agency, The New York Times, the European Pressphoto Agency and The Associated Press.

Evan joined The Associated Press full time in 2003. His work deals primarily with U.S. politics and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He has received awards from Pictures of the Year International, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism Competition, White House News Photographers Association, The Associated Press Managing Editors Association, and a national Edward R. Murrow award.

He ventured into multimedia journalism in 2007 and is committed to developing short and long form documentary storytelling at The Associated Press.

Melanie Burford

Melanie Burford, a photojournalist and multimedia video journalist, is known for her perseverance in pursuing a story and her profound empathy for her subjects.

Melanie was part of the team of Dallas Morning News photographers who received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. In 2009, she won a regional Emmy Award for a video documentary portfolio at the Lone Star Emmy Advanced Media Awards.

Melanie's work has been recognized at the 74th annual National Headliner Awards, the Harry Chapin Media Awards, the Clarion Awards, the APME Awards, the Best of Photojournalism, Pictures of the Year International and the Qantas Media Awards.

Her career began in New Zealand in 1990 before leaving for America in 1999. In 2003, Melanie became a staff photographer at The Dallas Morning News before moving to New York in 2009.