Award-winning and respected faculty member at Bellisario College dies of cancer
He and his wife, Stacie, helped make the Center Film Festival a reality, and two of their children are graduates of Bellisario College – Vincent, who graduated in journalism in 2012, and Madeline, who graduated from media studies in 2014.
COMPLETE OBITUARY: Curtis William Chandler
In tribute to his impact and legacy, Chandler’s family, friends, and Bellisario College established the Chandler Grant for Storytelling, an unendowed fund to support multimedia storytelling activities and programs, both nationally and internationally. foreigners, for students. Donations may be made to the fund to honor Chandler and provide a means to continue his impact and influence with students.
“Curt’s enthusiasm for journalism was matched only by his enthusiasm for his students. He was full of great story ideas and he pushed his students to do their best,” said Russ Eshleman, associate professor and head of the journalism department. “Whether it was along a rural part of Potter County, in the hubbub of a Baltimore neighborhood, or on the streets of Hong Kong, he always looked for ways to help students succeed. “
Prior to joining the University, Chandler was Online Innovation Editor and Director of Photography for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He also taught photojournalism at Duquesne University from 1998 to 2005. Chandler’s professional background has included being a photographer, writer, and editor for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Ogden Standard-Examiner in Utah, and the Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado.
As of January 2015, Chandler was a Fellow of the Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism. Previously, he participated in the Poynter Institute Picture Editing and Newsroom Leadership workshop. He participated in the organization of seminars for the Online News Association, the National Association of Press Photographers and the Vatican Press. He has also presented to the Society for News Design, Inland Press Association, American Press Institute, Satellite News Network and many other media organizations.
Chandler was a founding faculty member of Penn State’s Keystone Multimedia Workshop, the University of Kentucky’s Picture Kentucky Workshop, and the Kent State Multimedia Workshop. He was a coach for many years at the Immersion Multimedia NPPA workshop. Chandler has also edited two books on photojournalism: David LaBelle’s “The Great Picture Hunt II” (2006) and Bob Lynn’s “Vision, Courage and Heart” (2013).