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|| News Item: Posted 1999-04-08

On The Sidelines
By Anne Ryan

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When the NBA players were locked out at the beginning of the season, Atlanta Hawks 22-year team photographer Scott Cunningham was looking to pick up some extra work. He found it as the Director of Photography for World Championship Wrestling. Scott is enjoying the change of pace which he says is a "different world from the NBA or any other mainstream sport." Scott is still shooting Atlanta Hawks home games for NBA Photos but is no longer traveling for them. He finds that he has to be fast on his feet covering WCW. Just when he thought he was safe from the basketball court acrobatics of Dennis Rodman he's found himself jumping out of the way of wrestlers throwing each other around the ring.

Former Atlanta Journal and Constitution sports shooter Jonathan Newton is also enjoying a new job. He is now working for the St. Petersburg Times putting his experience of covering the Atlanta Braves for so many years to use as St. Pete's "baseball team leader". He covers the majority of the Devil Rays games and is also responsible for all aspects of photo coverage for the games. Jonathan says he likes the team leader concept implemented by AME Sonya Doctorian. Each season there is a team leader assigned to each sports team they cover. Besides covering the games the photographer is responsible for credentialing, booking flights and meeting deadlines. Jonathan says covering the Devil Rays' inaugural season was a lot of fun. He says "The Devil Rays lost 99 games but we managed to shoot some nice baseball pictures. At the end of the year The Times produced a special section of mainly pictures. It was great."

LA Times shooter Anacleto Rapping has not changed jobs, but he has had a change of scene lately. He has been working out of the Times' office in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has been traveling around the country working on a series taking a look at how South Africa has done in the last five years since Nelson Mandela has been running the government. Anacleto expects to return to the states sometime in mid-April. According to Anacleto, "The crime rate here is very high. It's not very wise to carry your cameras out in the open when you are in the city." Luckily he has not had a problem yet.

NPPA Region 10 associate director Craig Kohlruss has taken a job at the Fresno Bee. He was formerly at the Marysville Appeal-Democrat. He is looking forward to photographing a shrine to Robert Hanashiro located in the middle of town square in Fresno, Hanashiro's home town. (Just kidding about that shrine thing.)

Baby boom ... Chicago Tribune photographers are experiencing a baby boom in recent months. Nuccio DiNuzzo and his wife Gloria had baby Lorenzo on July 24th. Chuck Cherney and his wife Danita had baby Jacob on December 16th. Former Tribune photo editor Tim Broekema and his wife had a baby girl Kasey on July 26th. Staffer Chris Walker and his wife Jenny are expecting their first baby in June of this year. On the west coast Visalia Times-Delta photographer Ron Holman and his wife had baby, Jacob, on March 19th.

(Anne Ryan is a staff photographer for USA TODAY.)

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