Photojournalist Mike Simons graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma receiving a bachelor’s degree in journalism/photographic arts in 1995. He worked at the Tulsa World from 1995-2000. During that time he was named Photographer of the Year by the Oklahoma Press Association in 1996, and received the Sweepstakes Award for photography by the Associated Press in 1996 and 2000. In 2000, he became a freelance photojournalist based out of Cincinnati. He worked for many national and international publications, but in 2006 -- after fighting homesickness for more than 5 years – he was able to return to Oklahoma and the Tulsa World. His passion is storytelling, and new advances in video cameras and online delivery have made it possible to tell people’s stories in a more comprehensive way than ever before.