Jane Tyska began photographing at age five on a kindergarten field trip to the Bronx Zoo, and hasn’t stopped since. She’s been a photojournalist at the Oakland Tribune/Bay Area News Group since 1997, covering many big stories in that time including Occupy Oakland, hurricane Katrina, 9/11 and Columbine.
She spent the past year and a half shooting the multi-award-winning story of Matthew Ouimet, 3, of Antioch, Calif., who was on a waiting list for a liver and kidney transplant and finally received the organs from a deceased donor in June, spending 73 days at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco.
In 2010, she spent a month in Nepal and Bhutan following a Bhutanese refugee family from a camp in eastern Nepal to their new home in Oakland, and continued to document them until the birth of their first baby. The same year, she also covered the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti and a local contractor’s efforts to help rebuild an orphanage there.
Jane also writes copy for self-initiated pieces such as her recent picture story on former New York Times’ reporter Mark Hawthorne, who now lives in People’s Park and is known as “Hate Man.” She is currently documenting the story of Matthew Ouimet, 2, who was was awaiting a liver and kidney transplant and found a donor.
Jane has won numerous awards for both stills and video from the National Press Photographers Association, California Newspapers Publishers Association, Society of Professional Journalists, South Asian Journalists Association, Associated Press News Executives Council, Bay Area Press Photographers, Peninsula Press Club and East Bay Press Club.
When not photographing, she can be found rocking out on bass and drums in several Bay Area bands.