BRIAN RAY is The Gazette’s Iowa City Chief Photographer working out of The Gazette office in the Old Capitol Town Center in Iowa City. He started his photography career in high school working for Davenport Central’s Blackhawk newspaper. After graduation he attended the University of Iowa where he double majored in journalism and psychology while working as a photographer and photo editor for the Daily Iowan. In 2000 Brian started the first of his two internships with The Gazette before being hired as a staff photographer in Cedar Rapids. Brian was then promoted to the post in Iowa City in 2004.



  LIZ MARTIN is the newest staff photographer at The Gazette. After a decade-long obsession with art, she put down the paint brushes and pencils and picked up her mom’s vintage Nikon while in high school and has had a camera in hand nearly every day since, documenting the lives of friends and strangers. An internship at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram during high school led her to pursue a degree at the University of Missouri in photojournalism, with a minor in sociology. After graduating in 2006, Liz interned at The Gazette, the Yakima Herald-Republic in Washington and the Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City before returning to The Gazette full-time in December 2007. Liz’s Gallery



  CLIFF JETTE has been a staff photographer at The Gazette since the summer of 2003. Before then he attended graduate school at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communications. He has worked as a freelance photojournalist in Columbus, Ohio, worked as chief photographer at The Sidney Daily News in Sidney, Ohio and completed and internship at The Seattle Times. He also holds a BFA in studio art from the University of Arizona. Cliff’s Gallery



  JIM SLOSIAREK is originally from Wisconsin, and has been with The Gazette since the summer of 2000. While still in college at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he started his photojournalism career in 1992 at Community Newspapers Inc., a chain of weekly newspapers in suburban Milwaukee. Jim’s first daily newspaper position was with the Waukesha Freeman, west of Milwaukee. Before coming to the Hawkeye State, he worked as a staff photographer at The Journal Times in Racine, Wis., where he met his wife, Angie. They live in Cedar Rapids with their daughter. Jim’s Gallery



  ROLLIN BANDEROB is the photo editor at The Gazette. His photography education started as a 4-H project when he was 10. After high school he worked on weekends at the Manteca Bulletin, a small daily in central California. While at Calif. State University, Fresno he worked at papers on and off campus until graduation. He also had internships at The Modesto Bee and The Pueblo Chieftan during the summers. His first full-time staff position was at the Redding, Calif. paper, where he later became the photo editor. He joined The Gazette in 1998 as assistant photo editor.



  PAUL JENSEN is the director of photography for The Gazette. He grew up on Cedar Rapids northwest side (since second grade), his first published photograph was in the Taft Junior High newspaper. He went to college first at UNI and completed his journalism degree at the University of Missouri school of Journalism in 1975. He has worked for The Gazette since 1975, first as a photo intern, then as a staff photographer, assistant photo editor, photo editor, before becoming director of photography in 2000. He lives in Cedar Rapids with his wife.



4 Responses to “Staff”

  1. Paul: Just wanted to let you know I looked at the blog and found it very interesting. I like the “Best seat in the House” not only because they were great pictures, but also had the information about the camera and settings. For someone learning that is a great help. Keep of your inovations.

  2. One “problem” I see with this blog… and with all of the Gazette’s blogs… is that they are hosted on a third-party site ( While this is not technically a problem, it is a poor practice. It contributes to a watering-down of the brand, and leaves readers with a sense of unprofessionalism.

    This perception is further encouraged by having the photography staff’s galleries hosted at yet another domain (… I guess I could understand Jon’s being there, but the others???), and a mixed bag of domains which are in use by the Gazette:,, ( … plus, in the past,

    A structured, consistent, and well-planned site is one that readers find useful and enjoyable to visit. I just don’t forsee this being the case here. Just my thoughts.

  3. These are so fun to go through…I only wish there were more,along with more info about each picture.The best part is reading the thought processes that went into each shot…More!

  4. Paul;

    Doing some archival work and found a photo of you and me .. Thought I would send it to you but do not have your e-mail address. …

    Frank Cordaro
    Phil Berrigan CW House
    713 Indiana Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314
    (515) 282-4781

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