Mary Kay McFarland joined the WVU Reed College of Media in the summer of 2009. She teaches visual and multimedia journalism. Before coming to WVU, McFarland worked at The Charleston Gazette as a staff photographer and multimedia editor.
McFarland received her bachelor’s degree in English from Bethany College and her master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
While at WVU, McFarland has worked on a number of multimedia storytelling projects including the West Virginia Uncovered rural journalism project and Bridging Selma, a look at Selma Alabama 50 years after the Voting Rights Act.
Jessie Wardarski is a staff photojournalist with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her passion lies in giving a voice to and sharing the stories of individuals through multimedia and documentary videography.
Jessie previously worked for the Tulsa World. She is a 2015 graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University where she earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass communications along with a certificate in international studies. Jessie is former photo intern of the Arizona Republic, a former multimedia intern at the Cedar Rapids Gazette, and traveled the country reporting on marijuana legalization as a News21 Fellow.
Curt Chandler brings more than 25 years of newsroom experience in print and online to the classroom, where he teaches communications and multimedia.
Before coming to Penn State, Chandler was the editor for online innovation and director of photography for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He also taught at Duquesne University from 1998 to 2005.
Steve Mellon has been a writer and photographer at the Post-Gazette since 1997. He specializes in producing in-depth explorations of topics such as opioid addiction, homelessness and untold stories of historically ignored neighborhoods and people.
A native of Jeffersonville, Indiana, Mellon graduated from Eastern Kentucky University’s school of journalism in 1981 and worked as a reporter, sports editor and photographer for newspapers in Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee before taking a job as a photographer at The Pittsburgh Press in 1989. After the Press closed in 1992, Mellon researched and wrote a book about people struggling to get by in several devastated industrial towns. “After the Smoke Clears” was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2002. Mellon’s work has been recognized in several national, regional and local contests.
Mellon and his wife Brenda and three daughters — Chloe, Brooke and Jessie — live in Emsworth, just outside of Pittsburgh.
Min Xian is a public radio journalist, reporting on issues facing communities in Central and Northern Pennsylvania for WPSU and Keystone Crossroads.
The stories she covers range from economic development to education, culture, and politics, with a focus on documenting changing communities. She’s an NPR Next Generation Radio fellow in 2018.
These days, she learns to enjoy reading legal documents and budgets and contributes to her station’s multimedia work regularly.
Will Yurman joined the faculty of Penn State in January 2011 where he teaches photojournalism and multimedia. Before arriving at Penn State he worked as a photojournalist and multimedia producer at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. He has taught at multimedia workshops all over the country including the NPPA Immersion Workshop, The Santa Fe Photographic Workshop, and the Mountain Workshops.
Kris Bosworth, with Nikon since 1998, has worked in the Service, Marketing and Sales Departments before finding her place with the Professional Services Team. Kris manages all of Nikon’s NPS CAMPUS efforts, throughout the entire country. She provides Nikon support to the students who will become the future pros of our industry. She’s based in Florida.
Stephanie Strasburg is based in Pittsburgh, PA and works as a staff photographer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She is drawn to document the changing landscape, economy, and culture of the Rust Belt, returning often with her camera to the mill towns of the Mon Valley outside of Pittsburgh. Stephanie is fueled by the opportunity to engage and give voice to communities through storytelling (well, she is also fueled by a lot of coffee). She teaches documentary photography at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and freelances for a range of publications.