2017 Faculty








John Beale teaches introductory and advanced courses in photojournalism and coordinates the Keystone Multimedia Workshop. Prior to his arrival at Penn State, he worked 21 years as a photographer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.








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, 57, has been a writer and photographer at the Post-Gazette since 1997. He specializes in producing online-only stories and videos that explore Pittsburgh’s untold history and ignored neighborhoods.


A native of Jeffersonville, Indiana, Mellon graduated from Eastern Kentucky University’s school of journalism in 1981 and worked at 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, including Homestead and Braddock, Pennsylvania; Flint, Michigan; and Lewiston, Maine. “After the Smoke Clears” was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2002. Mellon’s work has been recognized in several regional and national contests.

Mellon and his wife Brenda and three daughters — Chloe, Brooke and Jessie — live in Emsworth, just outside of Pittsburgh.








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.








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.








Chad J. McNeeley recently retired after a 20-year career in the Navy as a photojournalist. He is a graduate of the Syracuse Military Photojournalism program. Chad’s work been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Washington Times, The Boston Herald, TIME magazine and Newsweek. McNeeley joined Nikon as a Professional Market Technical Representative (PMTR) in June 2013 is based in Washington, D.C.

The workshop is possible thanks to the generous support of these organizations