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Bill Luster

Bill Luster

2012

Photojournalist at The Courier-Journal from 1969 to 2011, part of that time as Director of Photography. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, one in 1976 as part of the staff covering court-ordered busing and its ramifications, and the second in 1989 as part of the team covering the national’s deadliest bus and drunk-driving crash, at Carrollton, Ky. He was President of the National Press Photographers Association, 1993-94; received NPPA’s 2000 Joseph Costa Award for innovative leadership. He directed NPPA’s Flying Short Course for 12 years; chaired the NPPA-Nikon Documentary Sabbatical program, was five-time Kentucky Photographer of the Year; named Visual Journalist of the Year in 2000 by Western Kentucky University, his alma mater. Bill started his career as a teenager at the Glasgow Daily Times in his hometown. Received Joseph Sprague Award from NPPA in 2010, given for lifetime achievement and dedication to the craft of photojournalism.