Athens, GA. - We are excited to announce that Tara Pixley is joining the NPPA board of directors as a presidential appointee. Pixley is a Los Angeles-based photojournalist and journalism professor with an MFA in Photography, a Ph.D. in Communication. With two decades of experience as a news photographer and editor, she has been a photo editor for Newsweek, CNN, and most recently The New York Times. She currently co-chairs NPPA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and previously served on the board of NPPA’s sister foundation, NPPF. Pixley is also a founding member of Authority Collective, a 2019 awardee of the World Press Photo Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative, and a 2016 Nieman Visiting Fellow at Harvard University.
“It’s such a privilege to join this incredible team and I’m excited to support the work taking place at NPPA to meet the challenges of a shifting news environment,” said Pixley.
Pixley is taking over for Yousur Al-Hlou, who was appointed to the board in February. Since then, Al-Hlou has repeatedly been sent on vital assignments to cover conflicts overseas, where inherent challenges like time zones and unpredictable internet coverage make it difficult to help with leadership of the NPPA. For now, Al-Hlou will remain an active member of the NPPA Ethics Committee.
“I was very honored when board member Josh Davis recommended me and NPPA president Katie Schoolov appointed me to sit on the board earlier this year. I believed then, and continue to believe now, that this is an opportune time for reflection, conversation, and change in our industry, and NPPA is leading that charge,” said Al-Hlou. “I am grateful for the opportunity to have served, even just shortly, and to have learned from such a talented and passionate group of professionals who are working to create positive changes. I’m incredibly excited that Tara is now carrying the torch and serving on the board. I look forward to supporting her, and this team, and working with all of you again in the near future.”
“I am grateful for Yousur’s thoughtful input during her time on the board, and I hope NPPA will have the honor of welcoming her back to the leadership team when the time is right,” said NPPA president Katie Schoolov. “It’s not often that a loss can so seamlessly be harnessed as an opportunity, and I feel very lucky that Tara is eager to take on the responsibility of leading. I’ve been thoroughly impressed by her organization and ability to inspire important and grounded discussion, so I can’t wait to see how she will help guide NPPA toward a better future.”