- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Washington Times has named three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Janet Reeves as its new assistant managing editor for photography.

She is the proverbial “heavy lifter.” With three decades of creative and practical experience in the field, Ms. Reeves has a photojournalist’s affinity for powerful images and words, combined with a strong background in multimedia management and cutting-edge technology.

“Janet is one of the country’s premier photojournalists, a leader in embracing the enormous opportunities that 21st-century convergence has afforded the news industry,” said John Solomon, executive editor and vice president of content for The Times. “Her impeccable news judgment, her gift for compelling visual storytelling and her commitment to excellence will propel our efforts to transform The Times from a newspaper company to a multimedia news powerhouse.”

Ms. Reeves led the photography staff at the Rocky Mountain News to a trio of Pulitzer Prize awards in the last decade.

In 2000, her team garnered the coveted award in the Breaking News category for its visceral coverage of the Columbine High School shooting, which included images of tragedy as well as the triumph that emerged in the aftermath. The staff won again in 2003 for a dramatic photo essay of the Colorado wildfires that devastated the countryside.

Ms. Reeves led her team to a third Pulitzer three years later in feature photography for “Final Salute,” a patriotic and poignant series of images from the uncommon field of “casualty notification” — those select Marines called upon to notify military families that their children, spouses or siblings would not be returning from combat.

“Janet’s appointment emphasizes our commitment to strong visual journalism and its impact on our readers,” said Joseph Scopin, assistant managing editor for design at The Times.

“I am honored and excited to be joining the staff of The Washington Times. I can’t think of a more interesting time or place to begin a new chapter and adventure in my career,” said Ms. Reeves. “I look forward to bringing my experience from the late and great Rocky Mountain News, and mixing it with the talented and long-time respected photo staff at The Times.” The Rocky Mountain News ceased publication in late February after 150 years.

The Rocky Mountain News photography team won numerous other awards, including consecutive citations as “photo staff of the year” at the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism award and the Robert F. Kennedy International Journalism Award for documenting the struggles and death of an undocumented Guatemalan child in Colorado.

Her stature in the field doesn’t end there, however.

Ms. Reeves and her staff also won hundreds of awards for photography and photo editing from the World Press Association, the Society of Newspaper Design, the National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year, the Scripps Howard National Journalism Awards, the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, the National Headliners Awards and many others.

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