Rita Reed

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Rita Reed is an American photojournalist and professor. She is currently a University of Missouri journalism professor, where has held the O.O. McIntyre Professorship in 2014. She is also known as the author of Growing Up Gay: The Sorrows and Joys of Gay and Lesbian Adolescence."[1]


Reed attended University of Missouri, where she received her degree in journalism. In addition, she also received her undergraduate degree from Southwest Missouri State University.[1]

Reed has worked as a newspaper photojournalist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and at The Gazette in Iowa, where she had 20 years of combined journalism experience.[2] In 1992, Reed covered the Bosnian War and was captured with two others by hostile forces and held overnight until the United States Consulate intervened.[3] Her photography is inclusive of women and minorities.[4] Her book, Growing Up Gay, contains seven years worth of documentary pictures and the text is quoted from the photographic subjects.[5] Reed followed Amy Grahn and Jamie Nabozny, documenting important moments in their lives.[6]

Today, Reed teaches photojournalism at University of Missouri. In addition to being a professor, she also oversees the annual College Photographer of the Year competition run through her university.[1]


Reed has won several awards over the span of her career. In 1993, she was awarded the Nikon Sabbatical Grant for after publishing Growing Up Gay: The Sorrows and Joys of Gay and Lesbian Adolescence.[7][2] In 1999, she was named the Minnesota Photographer of the Year.[8]

In 2014, Reed's outstanding teaching performance was rewarded by the Missouri School of Journalism. $10,000 in additional salary was given over the course of the upcoming year as part of the The O.O. McIntyre Professorship Award.[9]

Reed was awarded once more in 2015 with the National Press Photographers Association's Morris Berman Citation, an award honoring a previous National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) president. The NPPA associates nominate the recipient based on the impact he or she has made on the organization.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Rita Reed". University of Missouri. https://journalism.missouri.edu/staff/rita-reed/. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "NPPA Names Annual Honor and Recognition Awards". National Press Photographers Association. 5 February 2015. https://nppa.org/news/nppa-names-annual-honor-and-recognition-award-winners. 
  3. Ricchiardi, Sherry (January 1992). "'Kill The Reporters!'". American Journalism Review. http://ajrarchive.org/Article.asp?id=1511. 
  4. Gelfand, Lou (2 April 2000). "Portrayal of Women, Minorities Means More Than Numbers". Star Tribune. https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-62413918.html. 
  5. Cusac, Anne-Marie (1 January 1998). "Growing Up Gay: The Sorrows and Joys of Gay and Lesbian Adolescence". The Progressive. https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-20106608.html. 
  6. Van Buskirk, James E. (1997). "Book Reviews: Social Sciences". Library Journal 122 (17): 79. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=9711073218&site=ehost-live. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Murray, Caroline (20 March 2015). "Rita Reed Receives National Press Photographers Association Award". University of Missouri. https://journalism.missouri.edu/2015/03/rita-reed-receives-national-press-photographers-association-award/. 
  8. Collins, Terry (2 May 2000). "Star Tribune's Rita Reed is Named State Photogarpher of the Year". Star Tribune. https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-62411771.html. 
  9. "Photojournalism Professor Rita Reed Wins the 2014 O.O. McIntyre Professorship for Teaching Excellence". University of Missouri. 16 May 2014. https://journalism.missouri.edu/2014/05/photojournalism-professor-rita-reed-wins-2014-o-o-mcintyre-professorship-teaching-excellence/. 

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