Camden-native Samantha Appleton works to capture quiet, subtle moments that make up the complicated components of large news stories. She has covered the 21st-century American conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon, social issues in Africa, and immigration in the US.

She was most recently an Official White House Photographer for the Obama administration during the first term. She has won numerous awards including Pictures of the Year, World Press Master Class, American Photography and Camera Arts. In addition to her photography, she is currently writing a non-fiction book on Iraq.


Video Recorded August 28, 2018

Host: Gregory Rec

Gregory Rec has been the chief photographer at the Portland Press Herald since 1997. He has covered the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in New York, Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. He embedded with Maine Army National Guard troops in Iraq and was named the Maine Press Association co-journalist of the year with columnist Bill Nemitz for their work. He has won numerous other awards from the National Press Photographers Association and the New England Associated Press News Editors Association.


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