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Photojournalist Chuck Liddy Stayed In Front Of The News From Behind The Camera

Chuck Liddy stumbled into a career as a photojournalist after he found out he could walk into  high school football games for free if he had a camera around his neck. But the photography enthusiast had already converted a bathroom in his house into a darkroom and enjoyed experimenting with the camera his dad had taken into the Vietnam War. Once Liddy was on staff at a newspaper, he began a career of taking risks and adopting the new technology of the day, from digital cameras to drones.

Liddy spent 27 years with The News & Observer covering assignments from hurricanes in North Carolina to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the earthquake in Haiti. These experiences gave him an understanding of life’s fragility and took a toll on his personal life, but they also allowed him to enjoy a career where no day was the same as the last.

Host Frank Stasio talks with photojournalist Chuck Liddy about his around-the-world experience and his gung-ho attitude as a 40-plus-year veteran of the news industry. 

Note: This program originally aired May 13, 2019.

Jennifer Brookland is the American Homefront Project Veterans Reporting Fellow. She covers stories about the military and veterans as well as issues affecting the people and places of North Carolina.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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