2015-2016 GVS VisCom Photojournalism Fellow
Keith Rutowski was the 2015-16 Photojournalism Fellow for the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs at Ohio University. Keith was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and studied magazine/narrative nonfiction journalism as an undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati. He then worked for a few years as a freelance editorial researcher, fact-checking articles for National Geographic Digital Media, Smithsonian Magazine, and others before beginning to focus on visual storytelling. His passion in all mediums is to explore and reflect elements of the human condition. He is particularly interested in the ways in which history and traditions are maintained or abandoned in contemporary society, how humanity shapes and is shaped by the natural world, and the concept of home
2014-2015 GVS/VisCom Photojournalism Fellow
Melissa Riggs was the 2014-15 Photojournalism Fellow for the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs at Ohio University. Melissa graduated from Cornell University and quickly entered into a program at George Washington University to complete a Master of Public Health degree before departing for the Peace Corps in 2004. Serving two years in Jordan as a Health and Community Development volunteer, she primarily focused on gender and development while learning to navigate the culture and Arabic language. Since this time, Melissa has worked with a variety of NGO's leading to overseas work in Togo, Morocco, India, South Africa, Rwanda and most recently South Sudan. However, in 2010 Melissa felt the draw to photojournalism and spent the summer at Maine Media Workshops completing the Documentary Photography Residency program. As the Director of Communications for PSI-South Sudan from 2011-2012, these skills proved invaluable and the desire to enhance her visual storytelling capabilities lead her to the graduate program at Ohio University's School of Visual Communications.
2013-2014 GVS/VisCom Photojournalism Fellow
Sarah Tilotta was the 2013-14 Photojournalism Fellow for the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs at Ohio University. Sarah holds a BA in Visual Arts & Photography from Fordham University in New York City, where she interned as an art handler at Pace MacGill Gallery. Since completing her undergraduate degree Sarah taught English at universities in Guangzhou, China and worked for a legal publishing firm in New York City, before settling in Chicago to start an event photography business. While in Chicago Sarah also freelanced for Brown Line Media and devoted time to a homelessness outreach program at the Chicago Photography Center, teaching participants photography skills as a means of personal expression and business entrepreneurship. As a graduate student at Ohio University Sarah produced a film on a child with diastrophicdysplasia, a rare form of dwarfism, as well as a photo essay on immigration in Appalachia. In the summer of 2013 she worked for a travel company in the Dominican Republic, where she began a project documenting the living conditions of Haitian sugar cane workers in the DR.
2012-2013 GVS/VisCom Photojournalism Fellow
2010-2012 GVS/VisCom Photojournalism Fellow
Darcy Holdorf served as the 2010 - 2011 and 2011-2012 Photojournalism Fellow for The George V. Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs at Ohio University. Under the direction of Merry Foresta, former Director of the Smithsonian Photography Initiative she is produced multimedia stories documenting the Voinovich School's impact on local communities as well as working with the College of Education on a multidisciplinary project creating a multimedia visual literacy toolkit for classroom use. She also completed a master's degree in photography and multimedia storytelling from the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University. While working on her BA in photojournalism at San Francisco State University, Darcy studied Spanish and Latin American Studies in Chile and returned to South America to work on documentary projects in the following years. After graduation in 2008, she worked as a freelance photographer in China. Darcy has published work with a number of international publications including National Geographic Traveler, Esquire and the Associated Press.
2009-2010 GVS/VisCom Photojournalism Fellow
Christina Baird served as the 2009- 2010 Photojournalism Fellow for The George V. Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs at Ohio University. A native of Athens, Ohio Christina earned a BS in Photojournalism in 2006. After graduation she and her husband lived in California and Beijing, China before moving to Pittsburgh where she worked as a newspaper photographer. Christina returned to Ohio University to study interactive multimedia and is currently working on her master’s from the School of Visual Communication.
2008-2009 GVS/VisCom Photojournalism Fellow
Kevin Riddell served as the Inaugural GVS/VisCom Photojournalism Fellow at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. A part time commercial photographer in the late ninety's, Kevin later became a full time documentary photojournalist. Kevin works with the Athens Photographic Project to teach people suffering from mental health issues how to express themselves through photography. Kevin, a father of three, freelances for the Associated Press and New York Times. After completing his master’s degree in photography in 2009 he went on to serve as the University Photographer for Ohio University.