Looking back: Spot-news Saturday
Looking back: Spot-news Saturday

There was a reason I planned to take a trip back to my native Texas and return in time to work Saturday — normally my last day of the work week — last week. I don’t remember now what that reason was, but Saturday did get me hustling back into the rhythm of the news [...]

Looking back: A typical week in July
Looking back: A typical week in July

It’s late July, which is a weird time of year. We’re still in the thick of summer, so there remain plenty of summery assignments to photograph. School starts up in 3-4 weeks, so we’re also getting back-to-school assignments. Local high school football teams are gearing up for the forthcoming season, which means the GameTimePA folks [...]

Looking back: The Can-Am Fire-Police Games, and Williams Grove Speedway
Looking back: The Can-Am Fire-Police Games, and Williams Grove Speedway

The Can-Am Fire-Police Games — basically, the Olympics for fire, police and emergency personnel — came to York County last week. Photographers Kate, Paul and Jason each had several assignments to cover the Games, but I had only one: The Toughest Competitor Alive event on Saturday. I tried to shoot these a little differently, and [...]

Looking back: Bugs
Looking back: Bugs

Mayflies are swarming the Columbia-Wrightsville bridge, where they then die in heaping piles of carcasses, and it is stank-nasty. I’ve covered a lot of weird, gross stuff, but this assignment might be among the worst I’ve had to do. Just, ugh. Ugh, ugh, ugh. Anyway, moving on. For two weeks in June, I was a [...]

Prepared for Takeoff
Prepared for Takeoff

I always enjoy shooting on farms. There’s so much going on – animals running wild, even when they’re not supposed to be, farm dogs and always tons of mangy cats. Earlier this week I photographed on Rettland Farm in Mount Joy for an upcoming story. I’ve never seen chickens quite like this. They were running [...]

Horse Teeth
Julia Prebula, right, helps 13-year-old Ryleigh Miller of Conewago Township as she readies "Wing" before a lesson at Prebula's home in Conewago Township Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Prebula, 18, qualified for the National Rodeo Finals in Wyoming next month while riding with the Maryland State High School Rodeo Association.  Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News

Wednesday I photographed Julia Prebula. This driven 18-year-old qualified for the National Rodeo Finals in Wyoming next month. I get distracted when I’m shooting on farms because there is always so much cool stuff going on. Roosters mingling with horses, goats wandering the fields. This photo doesn’t really have anything to do with the story [...]

St. Joe’s Strikes Again
Kaylee Bandow, 13, plays outside in the rain in front of empty stalls at St. Joseph's Carnival in Springettsbury Township Thursday, June 12, 2014. Rides were cancelled and small games and food were moved inside for the day because of poor weather.  Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News

I photograph the St. Joseph’s Carnival pretty much every year, and I always really enjoy it. Small, handmade games, the nuns and brothers looking completely out of place next to gawdy, brightly lit rides, it’s a gem. So I was bummed when I found out they were cancelling rides and moving small games inside tonight [...]

Looking back: The rare gymnastics assignment
Looking back: The rare gymnastics assignment

It’s not often that I get to photograph gymnastics. I think the last time I did, it was for a story on an exchange program at a local gym. The time before that was when I was in college and photographing the university’s gymnastics meets. Gymnastics is probably the sport I most enjoy watching during [...]

Inspiring teen journalist video storytelling
Inspiring teen journalist video storytelling

Jason Plotkin and I collaborated on teaching teens video storytelling. The teens are part of a program called Teen Takeover at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. The program is to teach teens the ropes of print and magazine writing. Plotkin had the idea to work with some students who were willing to learn video. Haley [...]

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