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John Beale

Senior Lecturer, Journalism


John Beale teaches introductory and advanced courses in photojournalism. Prior to coming to Penn State, he worked as a staff photographer and chief photographer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Beale’s photojournalism, including assignments for The Associated Press, has been widely published on websites and in newspapers, magazines and books.

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 the Associated Press Photo Managers and the PA School Press Association.

In 2010 Beale received the College of Communications Deans’ Excellence Award for Integrated Scholarship. He has been honored with numerous regional and national awards, including the Community Service Photojournalism Award from the American Society of News Editors and photo of the year by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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 Pennsylvania.


  • Photojournalism
  • Photography