Steve Jessmore has had a lifelong passion for storytelling and community journalism. He has won numerous state and national photojournalism awards including the Robert F. Kennedy photojournalism award for outstanding coverage of the disadvantaged. He’s been a five-time Michigan Press Photographer Association Photographer of the Year, four times won consecutively. He is also a six-time Michigan Understanding Award winner and two-times Michigan Picture Editor of the year.
He is a graduate of Central Michigan University majoring in Journalism and in 2000 received the Distinguished Journalism Alumni Award. He also taught photojournalism as an adjunct from 2001-2007 and was inducted into their Journalism Hall of Fame in 2007.
A three-term past President of the Michigan Press Photographers Association and a 20-year board member, Jessmore is currently on the advisory board for the Department of Journalism at Central Michigan University.
He was born in Saginaw, Michigan and worked in his hometown for 14 years as chief photographer at the Saginaw News. He also has worked at The Flint Journal, Flint, MI and The Sun News, in Myrtle Beach, SC. He currently resides Mt. Pleasant, MI. and works as the photographer for University Communications at Central Michigan University.
Starting in April of 2004 and running through 2008, Jessmore created and executed “Sense of Community,” a photo column that ran each Sunday in the Flint Journal. It featured Flint-area residents who unselfishly give back to make the community a better place. It has won multiple state, national and international photojournalism awards.
Mission Statement from “Sense of Community”:
"We are often surrounded by more good than bad, but sometimes we have to stop, take notice and lend a hand to make where we live a unique and better place. You can make a difference..."
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