Department Chair for Film | Communication
Gail Fisher earned her BS in Education from Miami University in 1975 and her MA in Visual Communication from Ohio University in 2011. Chair of the Film | Communication Department at Brooks Institute, she joined the college in 2011 after an illustrious 30-year career in journalism as a photographer and editor. She teaches the Visual Journalism courses Senior Portfolio, Photo Essay and Picture Story. Gail is a former senior photo editor of National Geographic magazine and was senior photo editor of projects for the Los Angeles Times.
As a photojournalist, she traveled extensively throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South and Central America, covering social issues and documenting the human condition. Gail’s editing skills and photographs have been recognized internationally with numerous awards as well as invitations to judge contests, teach and lecture.
In 2009, Pictures of the Year International awarded her Magazine Photo Editor of the year and in 2007, she was recognized as Best of Photojournalism Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association. In 2006, the Los Angeles Times was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Journalism for a project that Fisher photo edited. And in 2005, she was part of the Los Angeles Times team that received the Pulitzer Public Service award.
Her other accomplishments as a photojournalist include receiving the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for outstanding coverage of the disadvantaged, the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism, and the Harry Chapin World Hunger Award. She received the Community Awareness Award from the National Press Photographers Pictures of the Year in 1996 and again in 2002.