A pair of former Hays Daily News photographers recently were named to the inaugural class of the Kansas Photojournalism Hall of Fame.
The Kansas Press Association selected Charlie Riedel and Pete Souza for the honor.
Riedel, a Fort Hays State University graduate, spent 17 award-winning years as photo editor of the HDN. He moved on to the Associated Press in 2000 and his work has included imagery from the Gulf oil spill, cleanup at the World Trade Center post-9/11, natural disasters, Super Bowls and the Kentucky Derby.
Souza, who served as White House photographer for both Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, got his beginnings in Kansas — working at newspapers in Hays and Fort Scott. His resume also includes stints at the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and on the book and speaking circuit.
A third member of the inaugural class — Sandra Milburn — also has northwest Kansas ties. Milburn, a University of Kansas graduate, is a Colby native who served as a photographer and photo editor of the Hutchinson News for a combined 32 years.
A 2007 photo Milburn captured after the Greensburg tornado was named the Associated Press Photo of the Year.
Photos courtesy Kansas Press Association