SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -Lois Raimondo graduated from Wittenberg University in 1981 and since then has shown the world images from the front lines of war-torn Afghanistan, drug raids and terrorism as an award-winning photojournalist for The Washington Post. On Thursday, Nov. 21, Raimondo will share her stories and a sampling of her photography as she is presented with the Wittenberg Fellow citation and medal at 4 p.m. in the Ness Family Auditorium in Hollenbeck Hall.
A selection of her photographs will also be on exhibit until Nov. 22 in the Writing Center, also in Hollenbeck Hall, for most of the week preceding the presentation and she will visit several classes during her return to campus. The Nov. 21 presentation and photo display are open to the public. The Writing Center is open Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday - Thursday 7-9 p.m. and Sunday 2:30-4:30 p.m.
In June, Raimondo captured readers' attention with an impressive 28-page spread in National Geographic, featuring her images from the 10 weeks she spent on the front in Afghanistan. Those unforgettable photos told the story of refugee widows, United Front Soldiers, Northern Alliance commanders and the grandfathers, mothers and children of the country devastated by war.
Raimondo sent photographs from the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan back to the Washington Post during the U.S.-led war, which earned her a place in the "Best of the Post 2001." Just this year she received the Weintal Prize for Diplomatic and Foreign Reporting for her coverage in Afghanistan, and she was previously a Pulitzer Prize finalist for an investigative series exposing corruption in a housing project while she worked for New York Newsday.
The White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) honored her in 2000 with six awards for her work in such categories as: International News, Feature and News Picture Story. Her portfolio garnered a third place award by the WHNPA.
Raimondo has captured all these awards in little over two decades since she graduated from Wittenberg. She credits Alan McEvoy, a sociology professor at Wittenberg, with introducing her to the use of a camera to tell a human-interest story. The New York native attended Wittenberg on a scholarship and double majored in English and East Asian Studies.
She has been a Scripps Howard Foundation Fellow and an American Rhodes Scholarship finalist. Thanks to her East Asian Studies major, Raimondo is fluent in Chinese. Consequently, when President Reagan visited China in 1984, she served as the primary translator for the Beijing Bureau of CBS News.
The public is welcome to meet Raimondo after her presentation Nov. 21.
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