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Two ACU alumni working as imbedded photojournalists in Iraq

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April 5, 2003

Two veteran photojournalists, friends and Abilene Christian University alumni are helping the news media document the war with Iraq.

Chris Anderson ('92) and David Leeson ('78) are imbedded journalists with United States forces fighting on the front line in Iraq, and their images are being seen around the world.

Anderson is a freelance photographer for the New York Times and U.S. News and World Report while following the 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry.

Leeson, a photographer for The Dallas Morning News, contributes essays periodically for his newspaper while shooting still and video images of the war with the 3rd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Combat Team.  A photograph he shot recently appeared on the front page of more than 47 daily newspapers in the U.S., and CBS news magazine "60 Minutes."  He also appears on the cover of the April 3 issue of Editor & Publisher magazine.

In 1991, Anderson was named the Kodak Young Photographer of the Year and received the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award from the Overseas Press Club of America.  Leeson is a former Pulitizer Prize finalist and two-time winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.


Chris Anderson contributes to essays written by U.S News and World Report reporters and photographers:

Profile of Anderson by Brian Bethel in the Abilene Reporter-News:,1874,ABIL_7959_1849066,00.html

Slide show on VII Agency Web site of Anderson's recent work:

Profile of David Leeson by Brian Bethel in the Abilene Reporter-News:,1874,ABIL_7959_1848985,00.html

Slide show on Dallas Morning News Web site of Leeson's recent work:

Leeson on the cover of Editor & Publisher magazine's April 3 issue:

Leeson's images in slide shows on The Dallas Morning News (March 18, 23, 26 and 31):

Profile of Anderson and Leeson in April 3 Optimist (ACU student newspaper)

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