A college student smashes a ceramic phallus inscribed with words about sexism and racism at a protest on Inauguration Day 2017.
This church steeple fell victim to a rough storm.
Southern Illinois University hosts a Free* Food Festival every year, in which students temporarily give up their First Amendment rights for free pizza - enforced by the dictatorship of the newspaper advisor.
Political press conferences are a frequent part of newspaper work; the trick is trying to catch the subject in a natural, human moment.

An oil spill near Silver Lake in Highland, Ill. required many hours and workers to clean up.

From the Alexandra Nance memorial.
Children exploring the new playground in Township Park, Edwardsville.
College students mourning the deaths of two friends who died in an apartment fire the day before.
This fire was caused by, of all things, a mattress: it fell off another truck, was wedged under this tractor trailer and eventually overheated, causing the fire. The driver was miraculously unhurt.
An astronomy professor adjusts viewers to observe a solar phenomenon. This was one of my earliest attempts at news photography with a phone camera - in this case, the iPhone 4. Later models had much better resolution.
Students march in protest and call for racial tolerance and unity days after the 2016 election.
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