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Sunday, August 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Through our lens: Kathy Plonka

Of my 19 years as a photojournalist working for The Spokesman-Review, 18 of those years were spent primarily in North Idaho. I have had the great privilege of being able to document the lives of amazing people. The strength and quiet reserve of Corie Laude, a senior fisheries technician for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, during a trip on the Kootenai River near Bonners Ferry was inspiring. The determination revealed by Paul Dunham to fight the neuro-muscular disorder that reduced his body to 83 lbs. was nothing less than amazing. I was awestruck to meet legendary human rights activist, James Meredith. Documenting the methamphetamine epidemic was both dangerous and heartbreaking. I hope I never photograph a man like Joseph Duncan again. Above all it’s the love of telling your stories through photojournalism truly that drives me. Thanks for letting me in.