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Friday, December 9, 2016

Ep. 38 - Robert Cohen


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Hello and welcome to The Rob Burgess Show. I am, of course, your host, Rob Burgess.

On this our 38th episode our guest is Robert Cohen. Robert Cohen is a community photojournalist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He can be found in schools, at parades, in restaurants and on baseball fields, or wherever a story about St. Louis and its people asks to be told. Cohen’s images of unrest following the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, were part of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photogra­phy awarded to the photo staff. He has been a finalist for the prize twice in 2010 for feature photography for a body of work about suburban homelessness, and in 2009 for breaking news reporting as a member of the team covering a city hall shooting. He has been named eight times as Regional Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographer’s Association and is a member of the Scripps-Howard Editorial Hall of Fame. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, he began his career at the tiny Sun-Tattler newspaper in Hollywood, Florida, now home to a Holiday Inn.


I had the honor of meeting Robert on Saturday at the Indianapolis Marriott North during the 50th Annual Hoosier State Press Association Newsroom Seminar and Better Newspaper Contest Awards Luncheon. I attended his presentation, “Capturing Moments In Time When Time and Moments Are More Fleeting Than Ever,” which was described this way: “Today’s visual journalists are pulled in so many different directions, that our core mission of reaching readers with captured moments of time is eroding. Robert will talk about wearing too many hats and the pitfalls of navigating that new reality."
One final note: Since Robert is a photographer; most of what we’ll be talking about will involve his amazing photographs. I’ve provided links to these on the show’s website page for this episode if you want to see what we’re talking about.
And now, on to the show.
Here are links to the things we discussed during this episode:
Newseum app on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/newseum/id1151471344?ls=1&mt=8
"Shooting the final roll of Kodachrome at the Missouri State Fair" - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Aug. 22, 2010: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/shooting-the-final-roll-of-kodachrome-at-the-missouri-state/article_ad32e87d-29d3-5427-84b9-34e73b6900e6.html
Mannequin sale - Aug. 10, 2014: https://twitter.com/kodacohen/status/498520426796949505
"Criminal" podcast - Episode 32: "It Looked Like Fire" - Dec. 11, 2015: http://thisiscriminal.com/episode-32-it-looked-like-fire-12-11-2015/
"The 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch" - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - April 20, 2015: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/the-pulitzer-prize-winning-photographs-from-the-post-dispatch/collection_7a5793c3-9a55-534c-b84a-a27d6d08ef5f.html
"St. Louis County police officer killed in South County; teen faces murder charge" - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Oct. 7, 2016: Story: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/st-louis-county-police-officer-killed-in-south-county-teen/article_03411a71-395f-54a5-a070-7547db03c964.html Photo: http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/stltoday.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/59/359bd35d-1215-5041-9cd7-a169426b8975/57f70ff648e41.image.jpg?resize=1200%2C800
"Paralyzed: Two St. Louis area officers embark together on recover" - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Nov. 14, 2016: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/paralyzed-two-st-louis-area-officers-embark-together-on-recovery/article_e0a9f32a-0595-5aff-9594-3c48c372159b.html
"Mizzou protestors thwart media coverage" - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Nov. 10, 2015: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/mizzou-protesters-thwart-media-coverage/article_0774d08d-917a-5f87-a0f1-a0152cb1a1d0.html

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