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Missouri Press News, September 2015 www.mopress.com 3 Photojournalism Hall of Fame inductees selected Keith Myers Keith Myers was born in Kansas City, Mo. and grew up just to the north of the metropolitan area in Platte City, where he irst started tak- ing photographs for his high school year- book, using a camera his step- brother brought back from ser- vice in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Throughout his undergradu- ate years at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Keith kept photography as a hobby and gradu- ated in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in public administration. After a year or so of working for the Social Security Admin- istration, he realized photography was his first love and entered the graduate journalism program at MU. Under the guidance of Angus McDougall, Art Terry, Manuel Lopez and many outstanding fellow students, he developed the skills needed to be a working photojournalist and received a master's degree in 1981. Beginning in the late 1970s, Myers was a stringer for United Press International where he covered general assignments and the Kansas City Royals. He was part of UPI's World Series coverage in 1980 when the Royals lost to the Philadelphia Phillies. He later became a stringer for The Kansas City Times and was hired full time in May 1983. He was part of the newspaper's coverage of the Royals' vic- tory in the 1985 World Series. In 1987, he won first place feature in the 45th annual Pictures of the Year compe- tition for a photograph of prisoners with HIV/AIDS. In 1990, he was named assis- tant photo editor, a job he held until 1995. He returned to shooting photos and con- tinues in that role today. Through the years, Myers has taken time off annually to photograph the Platte County Fair. He also has copied and re- stored more than 200 old photographs from around Platte County which he dis- plays at each fair and has shared with the local historical society. Dean Curtis Dean Curtis lives in Springfield, Mo., where he worked from 1992 to 2014 for the Springfield News-Leader as photo editor and then multimedia edi- tor. He gradu- ated in 1982 with a Bach- elor of Science degree with an emphasis in Mass Com- m u n i c a t i o n s from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, Minn. Curtis' first newspaper job was from 1982 to 1984 at the Williston Daily Herald in Williston, N.D. He then joined the Ar- gus-Leader in Sioux Falls, S.D. as a staff photographer, working until 1987. He then held a staff photographer position at the Courier-News in Bridgewater, N.J., where he worked until being hired by the News- Leader in 1992. During his time at the News-Leader, Curtis led the visual coverage of four of the worst natural disasters to hit south- west Missouri: the 2003 tornados that destroyed Pierce City and Stockton; the 2006 tornados that damaged much of the same areas; the 2007 January ice storm that crippled Springfield and southwest Missouri; and the devastating 2011 Joplin tornado. Curtis has been a contributing photog- rapher to three books: Branson Back- stage ; Pope John Paul II, An American Celebration ; and Powerless and Cold , a photographic look at the 2007 ice storm, which he also edited. He owns and operates Curtis Photog- raphy LLC in Springfield. During his career as a photojournalist, he has had support from wife, Cindy, and children, Andrew and William. Larry S. Williams Larry S. Williams was a photographer with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for nearly 40 years. Born in 1943, his first job at age 15 was working at Krummen- acher's Camera Shop. He still remembers his mother say, Are you sure you want to do this? After high school, his next job was at Sievers Stu- dio where he worked while at- tending night school at St. Louis Univer- sity. He learned photography at Sievers and, during summers in the early 1960s, he attended the Winona School of Pho- tography in Winona, Ind., where he stud- ies commercial photography, advanced photography, small camera technique, and negative retouching. In 1963, he was hired by Bruno Torres of United Press International as a bureau assistant in St. Louis. His duties included attending the wire machines and covering certain assignments. He also received his degree in marketing from St. Louis Uni- versity. In 1966, he received an offer as a staff photographer to move to Austin, Texas. Instead, he went to work for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , hired by Jack Janu- ary, the Post-Dispatch 's chief photogra- pher. Williams was a photographer for the newspaper from September 1966 until November 2005. His photography sub- jects included Mother Teresa, the Dahli Lama, Richard Rogers and many other dignitaries. He accompanied Joe Pulitzer, the son of Joseph Pulitzer, Sr., on an in- ternational assignment covering refugee camps throughout Africa. While at the Post-Dispatch , Williams taught photography from 1977 to 1979 at Maryville University. He and his wife, Stephanie, have five children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. The Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame will induct three award-winning photographers during the Hall of Fame induc- tion ceremony Thursday, Oct. 15 in Columbia. This will be the 11th group of inductees since the founding of the Hall of Fame in 2005. Inductees this year are Keith Myers, Dean Curtis and Larry Williams. Photographs taken by the inductees will be displayed beginning 4 p.m. during an induction ceremony and reception. The photographs will join the Hall of Fame's collection of work by inductees. The Photojournalism Hall of Fame began as a project of Bill Miller, Sr., publisher of the Washington Missourian . The Hall was moved last year from Washington to a transitional home at the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia. Induction ceremony planned 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15 in Columbia

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