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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."
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. 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. Her photography is inclusive of women and minorities. Her book, Growing Up Gay, contains seven years worth of documentary pictures and the text is quoted from the photographic subjects. Reed followed Amy Grahn and Jamie Nabozny, documenting important moments in their lives.
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.
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. In 1999, she was named the Minnesota Photographer of the Year.
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.
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.
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- Photo Essay by Rita Reed (The Caslav Jewish Cemetery Restoration Project)