John Beale


John Beale

Assistant Teaching Professor

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  • Photojournalism
  • Photography



John Beale, an award-winning photographer and writer, joined the faculty at Penn State in 2006 after an impressive career in journalism. He teaches introductory and advanced courses in photojournalism.

Prior to coming to Penn State, Beale worked for more than 20 years as a staff photographer and chief photographer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His assignments have taken him to photograph six United States Presidents, the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup playoffs, a World Series, political conventions, a jetliner crash, floods, tornadoes and thousands of ordinary people.

His freelance photojournalism, including assignments for The Associated Press and, has been widely published on websites and in newspapers, magazines, and books. His photography of events has been used by companies including FedEx, Oreo Cookies, Pepsi, and Toyota.

Beale is a founding faculty member and the coordinator of the annual Keystone Multimedia Workshop, which has provided multimedia training for journalists and communicators since 2007. He is an FAA-certified drone pilot, utilizing the latest technology for capturing still photos and video for publication.

In 2017, Beale was one of six professors, university-wide, to be awarded the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2010 he received the College of Communications Deans’ Excellence Award for Integrated Scholarship. He is currently a board member of the Associated Press Photo Managers, a national organization of leaders in photojournalism. Through his work with the Pennsylvania School Press Assoc., Beale was instrumental in the establishment of annual regional high school journalism competitions in Pennsylvania.

Beale has been honored with dozens of regional and national awards, including awards from the National Press Photographers Association’s Pictures of the Year competition, the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Awards, a Community Service Photojournalism Award from the American Society of News Editors, and photo of the year by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Beale is a Distinguished Alumnus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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