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John Beale

Senior Lecturer, Journalism


John Beale brings decades of professional experience to the classroom where he teaches introductory and advanced courses in digital photojournalism. Prior to his arrival at Penn State, he worked as staff photographer and chief photographer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Work produced by students while enrolled in his classes has been distributed by publications ranging from Sports Illustrated to The New York Times and USA Today.

Beale is a founding faculty member and coordinator of Penn State's Keystone Multimedia Workshop. In 2011 and 2012 he served as director of Penn State’s Institute for High School Journalists. He is currently a board member of Pa. School Press Association.

In 2010 Beale received the College of Communications Deans’ Excellence Award for Integrated Scholarship. He has been honored with numerous national awards including the Community Service Photojournalism Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and photo of the year by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 2008 and 2012 his documentary photography was recognized with best of show honors in the annual Golden Quill Awards, a professional journalism competition sponsored by the Press Club of Western Pa. In 2014 his documentary photography work was also recognized with a Golden Quill Award.

Beale’s photos have been widely published on websites and in newspapers, magazines and books. In 2001 he served as a Journalist in Residence at Penn State. He previously taught photojournalism at Point Park University. Beale is a Distinguished Alumnus of Indiana University of Pa.


  • Photojournalism
  • Photography