DURHAM, NC (March 6, 2013) – Two new members were appointed to the National Press Photographers Association's board of directors today by the organization's president.
Photojournalists Stacy Pearsall and Mark Anderson are now appointed NPPA board members, replacing Melissa Lyttle and Yunghi Kim.
There are 15 members of the board of directors: six officers who make up the executive committee, six elected directors, and three appointed directors. All directors serve at-large, and thus they represent the entire NPPA membership. Elected directors serve three-year terms. Appointed directors serve at the pleasure of the president. The current Board structure was passed June 9, 2009, and took effect January 1st, 2010.
"I chose Stacy and Mark because I thought the board could use their voices," NPPA president Mike Borland said today from Des Moines. "To me asking Mark was a no-brainer. If you know Mark, you know why that is."
For several years Anderson led television news departments at KARE-TV and then at KSTP-TV in Minneapolis to a truckload of awards and recognition, including 22 Emmys, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, and two Station of the Year titles at KSTP-TV. As a KARE-TV photographer, Anderson was the NPPA Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year in 1993.
Today Anderson is the founder of Markymarkmedia in Minneapolis, a video production and marketing agency. Aside from his talent as a visual storyteller, Anderson is known throughout journalism circles for his ability to motivate, for his leadership, and for his collaborative team-building efforts.
Pearsall is a well-known combat photojournalist and book author, and she's one of only two women to win NPPA’s Military Photographer of the Year competition. She's also the only woman to have earned it twice, in 2003 and 2007. She was the PBS Air Force Veteran of the Year in 2009, and she received an Honorary Doctorate from The Citadel Military College in 2013.
Today Pearsall works worldwide as a freelance photojournalist, educator, military consultant, and along with her photojournalist husband, Andy Dunaway, she runs the Charleston Center for Photography in Charleston, SC.
Retired from the U.S. Air Force where she was a combat photojournalist in battle for three tours, she earned the Bronze Star Medal and Commendation with Valor for heroic actions under fire. Pearsall entered the Air Force at the age of 17 and during her service traveled to more than 41 countries. She also attended the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
The release of Pearsall's first photography book, "Shooter: Combat from Behind the Camera," received worldwide praise as “A book of the highest levels in the annals of combat journalism.” Her second book, "A Photojournalist's Field Guide: In the Trenches with Combat Photographer Stacy Pearsall," is about to hit shelves this month.