The Untold Story revealed by Photojournalist Val Mazzenga

December 27, 2002

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PLATTEVILLE-Award winning photojournalist, Val Mazzenga takes you on a journey around the world in pictures, as he reveals... "The Untold Story." On Feb 13, Campus Programming and Relations welcomes Mazzenga the six-time Pulitzer Prize nominee. He takes us on a journey to meet heroes, villains and wonders of the world in this compelling presentation at 7p.m. in the University Room of the Pioneer Student Center. Don't miss this fascinating visual experience that will inspire and entertain.

You will see pictures that document the news stories for our times. Meet the famous, the infamous and the unsung heroes who reflect our human nature. Travel on assignment with Val from Bangkok to Bombay to Rio de Janeiro. You will hear golden insight from a man who has learned to make the most of every situation, survive the elements and return with precious images that move the heart and provoke the mind.

At 15 years old, a streetwise Italian-American from Chicago's West Side named Anthony Mazzenga got a job at the Chicago Tribune as a copy boy. While running copy between reporters and photographers and their respective news desks, Mazzenga began to discover something very important about himself: he had both an affinity and a talent for the "visual word" - photography.

It didn't take long before he was asked to join the Tribune's photo staff. But it came with a price. He had to give up his first name. "We have too many Tony's around here" the chief of photographers told him. "What's your middle name?" Mazzenga's middle name was Val and that's how this indefatigable Chicago photojournalist has been known ever since.

Mazzenga's career is one of the most storied in American photojournalism. His photographs have won more than 200 awards including Five Beck Awards - the Chicago Tribune's highest accolade. He may be the most honored photographer in Tribune history.

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