Lori King was born in 1961 in Akron, Ohio.
Her parents are Linda Ickes and Jerry King. Neither
of her parents were college graduates or artists. Her
mom used to be a waitress and restaurant owner,
and her dad was a truck driver. Both are now retired.
They were divorced when she was 11. She has three
younger brothers. One of her brothers, Jerry King, is
She has two daughters, one of which is me, and four
Lori, who is a
the Toledo Blade,
in the U.S. Army in
1979. She was 18
All military journalists learn about how to be a
journalist at the Defense Information School
(DINFOS), which at that time was at Ft. Ben
Harrison, Indiana, where she attended.
Along with learning how to be journalists, DINFOS
students are also taught photography.
It is at DINFOS where Lori learned to take pictures.
Lori spent eight years active duty working for various
military publications in the United States and
Germany. When she got out, she attended Kent State
While earning her degree in photojournalism, Lori
worked for the Daily Kent Stater as the features editor
and a photographer.
She also did her internship as a part-time
photographer for a year at the Warren Tribune
Newspaper in Warren, Ohio.
Because she likes teaching so much, Lori went back to
school and earned her Master's Degree in Journalism
Education from Kent State University.
During Lori's first four years in
Toledo, she worked as a stringer
for the Associated Press. Then, in
1995, she was hired full-time at
the Toledo Blade, where she still
Before newspapers started using digital cameras in the
late 1990s, Lori used to process her own film and make
her own prints.
This is the photo stamp she used to use on the back of
her prints (each photographer had their own):
Though Lori started out using a Canon film camera in
the Army, she bought a Nikon camera in college.
The Blade also used Nikon for a long time. But a few
years ago the Blade sold their Nikon cameras and
She now shoots with a Canon 1D MarkIV and Canon
5D Mark III, a 17-35mm f2.8 lens and a 70-200mm f2.8
lens, two flashes and audio equipment for when she
She also edits video stories herself using either Final
Cut Pro or Adobe Elements Premiere.
This is the 300mm f2.8 she
uses to shoot mostly sports and
For this photo she was shooting
the Train concert at the Toledo
Lori also teaches photography, photojournalism and
multimedia courses at several colleges, including Owens
Community College and Kent State University. And next
year she will add Wayne State University.
Throughout her military career, Lori became proficient
with a Canon F1 film camera, the cameras issued to
military photographers in the 1980s. According to Lori,
most military journalists also took their own pictures.
However, it was the military's 2-month Intermediate
Photojournalism Course at DINFOS that turned into a
photojournalist. She took the course in 1985.
“That course is what ultimately shifted my career from
being a journalist to a photojournalist,” she said.
“It's time to pass on to the next
generation what I've learned over the
past 30 years. I am anxious
to train my replacement!”
- Lori King
According to Merriam-Webster's definition:
Journalism in which written copy is
subordinate to pictorial usually photographic
presentation of news stories or in which a
high proportion of pictorial presentation is
Broadly: news photography
Lori says she prefers the style of photojournalism
over other types of photography because of the
realness of the images.
In other types of photography, like public relations,
corporate and weddings, she said “there is a fake-
ness” about them.
Some of her uncomfortable feelings concerning
these other types is probably because she is trained
to follow strict NPPA ethical guidelines:
No manipulation using photoshop
No re-enactments if the action is missed
No adding or deleting things in a photo
No setting up scenes for a better photo
In today's day in age of technology, Lori believes
it's more important than ever to teach new
photojournalists strong ethical and legal guidelines.
In photojournalism, the image needs to be believed
and real because these photos document our
Lori takes all kinds of pictures for her job at the
Blade. She shoots politics, sports, news and
features. Not every photo is happy; and not every
photo is sad. She just captures what happens.
The following pictures are a few of her favorites.
Gov. John Kasich waves goodbye after giving his State of the State address at the
Veteran's Memorial Civic & Convention Center in Lima, Ohio.
Caden Quinn, 4, stands with his father TFD Pvt. Gary Quinn, during the procession
for Toledo Firefighter Stephen Machcinski as it passes by Station 5 in Downtown
Honor Guard commander Jeffrey Koenigseker gives a final command of “dismissed”
during the procession for Toledo Firefighter Stephen Machcinski as it passes by
Station 5 in Downtown Toledo.
Firefighters work to snuff out a marsh fire in Monroe, Mich.
A Canadian goose is the first to gather plastic eggs during the 14th Annual Easter
Egg Hunt at Olander Park's Nederhouser Community Hall in Sylvania, Ohio. After
realizing it wasn't real, the goose released the egg before being chased away by
Lake head coach Ryan Bowen jumps up in excitement as his team takes a large
lead over Rossford during the basketball game at Lake High School in Millbury,
Hens catcher Bryan Holaday misses the tag on Indianapolis' catcher Tony Sanchez
during game at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.
Bowling Green State University's Ronnie Moore appears to be chased by
phantom defenders as he sprints toward the end zone during game at
Eastern Michigan's Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, Mich.
Pedestrians walk over a maze of tar stripes near Orange St. in Toledo.
A tiger sees double
as Toledo twin sisters
Gabrielle, left, and
15, visit his exhibit at
the Toledo Zoo in
Toledo, Ohio. The
girls went to the zoo
to celebrate their
because they said
they love animals.
But despite Lori's preference for photojournalism, she
admits she sometimes shoots other stuff, like weddings.
“Photojournalists make the best wedding photographers
because we can shoot anything!” she said.
In conclusion, I think my mom has a pretty exciting life as
a photojournalist. I can't imagine her doing anything else,
like shooting weddings. She always says how she really
likes capturing the moments.
Sometimes she takes me on assignments with her, so I
get to see how she works. Most of the time she has fun,
but sometimes she doesn't, like when she to shoot fatal
fires and car accidents.
But more importantly, the job is important because it
She is one of the reasons I like taking pictures, too.