Award Winning Photojournalist to Speak
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 Tribunes highest accolade. He may be the most honored photographer in Tribune history and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize six times. Mazzenga has covered major breaking stories on just about every continent on the planet. His work has been exhibited nationwide, including a recent exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. Among his assignments: the mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana; the Afghan resistance fighters in Pakistan; starvation in Africa; the Sikh revolt in India; the twentieth anniversary of the fall of Saigon; the Wonders of the World; Rios Carnivale; the Russian Invasion of Afghanistan; Ground Zero and refugee camps in Southeast Asia. He has done prize winning photo essays on the late Mother Teresa, the late President Nixon, and Michael Jordan.
Mazzenga's photography skills were obvious as a teenager. At fifteen 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 Chicago photojournalist has be.