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Kathy Willens


Kathy Willens (Photographer.  Born, Detroit, MI, Dec. 8, 1949.)  Starting as a freelancer for suburban newspapers in the Detroit area, Kathy Ann Willens has become one of the most honored Associated Press photographers both in and out of sports.  Willens has traveled extensively for the A.P., in Latin America, the Caribbean, and world hot spots such as Somalia, as well as shooting major sports events.  In 1973, she took a position as a part-time lab technician at the now-defunct Miami Daily News.  Willens earned a staff job at the News when several of her photos (shot on her own time) wound up on Page One.  In 1976, she became one of the A.P.’s first female photographers, joining the Miami bureau.  Willens transferred to New York in 1993, specializing in sports.  She has covered Super Bowls, N.B.A. Finals, the Final Four, five Olympic Games (summer and winter), and six World Series.  Willens, by 2005, had been twice honored in the Baseball Hall of Fame contest, was a three-time winner of the Newswomen’s Club of New York’s “Front Page Award,” won an A.P. Managing Editor’s Award and nine times won categories in the New York Press Photographers’ annual competition.  She has been an adjunct professor at N.Y.U. since 2001.

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