Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel was a staff photojournalist at The Philadelphia Inquirer. She has won numerous awards for her documentary photojournalism of everyday people and events. She has covered a wide range of daily photo assignments and special projects. Gekoski-Kimmel shared the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service given for a year long in-depth investigation about violence in the Philadelphia Schools “Assault on Learning”.
She also won first place awards in The National Press Photographers Association, New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists Pictures of the Year, Editor and Publisher, Keystone Press Awards, and Women in Photojournalism. Gekoski-Kimmel also earned the Award of Excellence from the National Association of Black Journalists for her work on a series “A Portrait of Hunger” photographing the children in the city of Philadelphia who go to bed hungry every night. She was awarded a National Headliners Award for her candid and tender photo essay on the Delp brothers from South Jersey, a rare set of identical conjoined twins joined at the head. Her sensitivity, heart and years of experience allowed her to capture the special moments in their lives, the only photographer to ever be granted permission by the family.
Gekoski-Kimmel began her career after graduating from Temple University with a degree in Communications in 1973. She got her first staff job working at a small daily paper, the Today’s Spirit in Hatboro, Pa. Then in 1978 she was hired as a staff photojournalist at the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, N.J. Having worked there until 1984 covering the World Series in 1980, a visit from the Pope and other local news worthy events, Gekoski-Kimmel was now ready to move on. She was hired by the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1984 and remained until 2013. Gekoski-Kimmel wanted to shoot locally to tell so many stories that needed to be told This included hunger, poverty and crime that faced the people of Philadelphia and South Jersey.
THE EARLY DAYS
COLOR FILM and DIGITAL CAMERAS
Food Insecurity: Imani had nothing to feed her two children and had to send them off to school hungry. © 2019 Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel
Imani cries with worry as hunger advocate Mariana Chilton makes a house visit to help.© 2019 Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel
All photos copyrighted © 2019 Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel