National Press Photographers Association

ATHENS, GA (August 26, 2015) – The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), its members and the entire visual journalism profession collectively grieve the tragic deaths today of television reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward of Roanoke, VA television station WDBJ.


As an organization and individually, we join together in honoring these two colleagues, extending thoughts and prayers to Ms. Parker's and Mr. Ward's loved ones, and offering support and condolences to all employees of WDBJ.


It is especially heartbreaking that Ms. Parker and Mr. Ward were murdered while performing their professional duties and fulfilling the station's vital public service role for the community.


This tragedy illustrates the dangers facing all journalists, even on the most innocuous assignments. In particular, broadcast journalists participating in live reports may be far more susceptible to becoming victims of theft or acts of violence, as was sadly proven again today. NPPA commits to incorporating discussions on safety issues and situational awareness training into the curriculum of its future educational programs.


To honor the memory of Ms. Parker and Mr. Ward, NPPA calls on those in the journalism community to work together to help improve the safety of journalists everywhere. The association welcomes opportunities to collaborate on initiatives to achieve that objective.


Mark J. Dolan, NPPA President

Charles W. L. Deale, NPPA Executive Director