Newsmaker: Gracey Evans captures award for protest photo
Noteworthy: Evans is a national winner of the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2016 Mark of Excellence Award for her photo of a protester standing in front of a line of Pittsburgh police officers in riot gear. Evans won the award for breaking news photography in the small schools division. National Mark of Excellence Award judges can choose one national winner in each category and two national finalists. Evans was recognized at the Excellence in Journalism 2017 conference in Anaheim, Calif.
Residence: Murrysville; currently attending Point Park University in Pittsburgh.
Education: 2015 Franklin Regional graduate; pursuing a degree in photojournalism at Point Park.
Background: Evans is a staff member with Point Park’s student publication, The Globe, for which she traveled to Washington, D.C., in early 2017 to cover the inauguration of President Trump. She has served as a photography intern for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. She is a recipient of Point Park’s Founders Scholarship.
Quote: “I took that photo a little over a year ago, when Trump came to town for a coal conference. After he was done speaking, he went to the Duquesne Club to eat lunch. I was helping some of the freshmen work on a story about it, and then I heard a lot of drums and police sirens. I looked at the next street over and saw police and riot gear. I ran over to Sixth Street near the Duquesne Club, and protesters were trying to block buses and were very angry. There was a group of people trying to go into the club with a banner. Police came and sort of ran a lot of them down — including me, almost — with horses. And this woman was just so mad. I was the first person to take a picture of her, and that was pretty cool.”
— Patrick Varine