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Anne Cusack

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Anne Cusack

Anne Cusack was a social work major at the University of Illinois who got interested in photojournalism in the era of the Vietnam War and Kent State protests. Cusack went on to be a photojournalist at a string of small suburban newspapers in the Chicago area. After marrying photojournalist Richard Derk, she found her way to a job at the Chicago Tribune. In 1990, the two received a double offer from The Times, and they packed up their camera gear along with their three children to head to California.

During her career, Cusack became the first woman to receive the Illinois Press Photographer award; the first woman to be named Chicago Press Photographer of the Year; and the first photojournalist to be named Illinois Journalist of the Year by Northern Illinois University. She also received recognition for a story about a family with a terminally ill child.

Ultimately, Cusack enjoys covering stories about the human condition. It has been said that this profession gives you a front row seat to the unfolding of history. To her, that privilege comes with a good deal of responsibility in documenting life.


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