Thursday, February 05, 2009

Knoxville photojournalist Clay Owen dies at 47

Clay Owen, a photojournalist for the Knoxville News-Sentinel who photographed Appalachia, passed away at home Tuesday following a heart attack. He was 47.

Owen worked for the News-Sentinel for 17 years. A 1988 graduate of the University of Kentucky's journalism school, he freelanced at the Lexington Herald-Leader before joining the Knoxville paper in 1991. He won a number of professional awards, including a regional award last fall from the National Press Photographers Association.

"Mr. Owen also was the regular partner of now-retired senior writer Fred Brown in the Appalachian Journal series, in which they roamed East Tennessee to bring readers a peek into life off the beaten path," the News-Sentinel wrote in a tribute. Brown wrote, "It was Clay Owen's kind smile and gentle way that was the key to our success." (Read more)

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