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 Joe Murray, Pilot  Gary Harwood, Photographer  Ron Siwik, Pilot
Joe Murray Gary Harwood Ron Siwik
Joe grew up in Ohio and has been flying since 1981. He is an instrument-rated private-pilot. He was trained as an educational psychologist and spent much of his professional and academic careers working in television as a director, writer, videographer and editor. He teaches in the Kent State University School of Journalism.His research, assignments and interests have taken him to South Africa, Cuba and Antarctica.Television programs and documentaries Murray produced in the U.S., Europe, and Middle East have been recognized with numerous industry awards. Stories That Fly, the online magazine Murray created with his students, is recognized as one of the top ten innovative community news ventures in the United States by the Institute for Interactive Journalism at American University. Gary has been a photographer for Kent State University for more than 24 years and chief photographer since 1987. He has won four national Circle of Excellence awards from The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and was named the 2001 University Photographers Association of America’s Photographer of the Year.He received the 2006 Individual Artist grant for photography and the Artists and Communities grant from the Ohio Arts Council.Harwood was awarded the 2006 Ohio News Photographers Association’s James R. Gordon Ohio Understanding Award for a multi-image photo essay on Growing Season, The Life of a Migrant Community.

His work has appeared in numerous national publications, including the Communication Arts Photo Annual and the Graphis Photo Annual. He was recently honored by the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography with a solo show: Gary Harwood: Life Behind the Lens.

Ron is a former U.S. military flight surgeon who served in Vietnam. He first soloed an airplane on August 7, 1967 and he has been flying ever since.He spent four years in the Aviation Program at Ohio State University from 1969-1972 where he earned Commercial, Instrument, Flight Instructor Airplane, Flight Instructor Instrument, and Multiengine ratings.He is an accomplished aerobatics pilot who flies a Pitts Special S1 single-seat biplane.He has added Single Engine Seaplane, Rotorcraft Helicopter, and Airline Transport Pilot to his list of pilot certificates and has accumulated more than 8,500 hours total time in 44 years of flying.

Siwik retired from medical practice in 2010, and continues to fly and instruct several times a week in a Beechcraft Bonanza, Piper Cub, and helicopter. In 2008, Siwik flew the Bonanza on a remarkable, 24,604-mile, around-the-world solo flight.

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