Photographer from GateHouse paper inducted into Missouri hall of fame

Staff reports

Former Neosho Daily News photographer Curtis Winchester was officially inducted into the Missouri Photo-journalism Hall of Fame on Thursday afternoon at the hall in Washington, Mo.

Winchester was one of the first newspaper photographers in Missouri to take and process color photographs, and he later went on to a long distinguished career as a photojournalist at the Daily News and the Tulsa Tribune, where he served as chief of photography until his death at the age of 42.

Winchester was posthumously indicted into the hall with four other inductees. Winchester is the first photojournalist from the Daily News to receive this honor.

Gov. Matt Blunt began the program with welcoming remarks, and Gary R. Kremer, executive director of the State Historical Society of Missouri, served as the guest speaker at Thursday’s event. Three of the five inductees are deceased.

The 2008 inductees were selected from nominations submitted to the hall of fame committee that reviews the photography of nominees. To be considered for the hall of fame, a photojournalist must have at some time in his career made an impact in the state of Missouri through his work.

The review committee is composed of Doug Crews, executive director of the Missouri Press Association and its Foundation; David Rees, School of Journalism, University of Missouri; Cliff Schiappa, retired Associated Press Midwest photo editor; and James Curley, School of Journalism, Missouri Photo Workshop.

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