Newsmaker: Gracey Evans captures award for protest photo |

Newsmaker: Gracey Evans captures award for protest photo

Patrick Varine
BP Miller photo
Gracey Evans, 21, of Murrysville.
Nick Koehler photo
Gracey Evans, 21, of Murrysville.

Gracey Evans

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.

Age: 21

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

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.