Meet the Faculty/Staff
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Professor Charles Mason has taught photography and photojournalism at UAF since 1994. He actively and passionately pursues all kinds of photography. His work has garnered numerous awards including the Oskar Barnack Award at World Press Photo, POY awards, and others. He's also had a number of solo shows in and out of Alaska. His prints have been collected by individuals and a number of museum collections.
Mason's photographs have been published widely, in such publications as the the New York Times, Outside Magazine, Time, LIFE and even The Weekly Reader. The cover of the bestselling book "Water for Elements" features a photograph he took here in Fairbanks. He also made it into Pictures of the Year issues in Time and LIFE, Stern, and the Photography Annuals of PDN and Communication Arts.
Mason now mostly photographs his family, travels, assignment work, and some commercial work here in Fairbanks. He covers Alaska stories for the New York Times and is represented by Getty Images and Alaska Stock Images. When not taking pictures, Mason enjoys tending to his carnivorous plants and spending time with his many Siamese cats.
Brian Patrick O'Donoghue - Department Chair
M.A. '85, Broadcast Journalism, New York University
B.A. '77, History, University of California, Santa Cruz
Associate professor Brian Patrick O’Donoghue’s ongoing student-assisted investigation of the Hartman murder case has yielded discoveries cited in court decisions, garnered the state press association’s Public Service Award and other honors. His efforts now figure in Alaska Innocence Project’s bid to exonerate the “Fairbanks Four."
Over a 30-year career spanning print, broadcast and mobile journalism, O’Donoghue reported what it feels like pulling 7Gs in a F-16, sweeping Iraq palm groves for weapons with Stryker Brigade soldiers.
His news photos document Mid East peace talks, political campaigns and protests, disasters, tribal gatherings and jazz! His books, My lead Dog was a Lesbian, and Honest Dogs, recount his misadventures mushing dog teams the distance in both Iditarod and the Yukon Quest.
O’Donoghue spent 2012-13 teaching and researching digital media trends in India as Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in residence at Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication.
He is past president of Alaska Press Club and a dedicated member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He joined UAF Journalism’s faculty in 2001.
He’s married to Kate Ripley, UAF Alumni Director. They have three kids, Rory, 18, Robin, 16 and Rachel, 10.
Robert W. Prince
M.A. Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, Michigan State University
Professor Prince specializes in video production and documentary filmmaking for the UAF Journalism Department. He has been working in video production since 1993. He began his post-college career at Kurtis Productions in Chicago, a documentary production company owned by the journalist and television personality Bill Kurtis. He went on to produce and direct live television programming for the PBS affiliate WGVU-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan and then ran the video production department at Calvin College. His award-winning documentary films have been broadcast internationally. His documentary "Making Choices" won the audience-choice award at the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival and is available on Amazon and Netflix. He is currently working on a documentary film about dual-language education and the challenges of implementing it in the Alaskan villages of Kwethluk and Tuntutuliak. In 2013 Professor Prince was nominated and selected as one of eight UAF faculty Fellows to serve as part of the Chancellor’s Program for Innovation in Technology and Elearning (CITE). He joined the Journalism Department in 2005.
Learn more about Professor Prince and his films at professorprince.com.
Lynne Snifka began her career in the Midwest, where she worked as a producer/director at Wisconsin Public Television. Among her credits are national news and public affairs programs with Jim Lehrer (of the Jim Lehrer NewsHour), a weekly, statewide current events roundup, WeekEnd, music performance specials and how-to programs. She also worked as a freelance camera operator, sound person and technical director for ESPN, ABC, TNN and FOX Sports.
In Alaska, Snifka has worked at KUAC-TV in Fairbanks and KTVA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Anchorage. There she produced Inside Alaska, a nightly newsmagazine broadcast throughout Alaska. She was nominated for an Emmy for her work on the program. She also worked as an independent writer and producer and traveling the state from Angoon to Barrow collecting Alaska stories. Snifka served as the editor of Anchorage magazine and the managing editor of the Anchorage Press. Her writing has appeared in Alaska Magazine, Every Day with Rachel Ray, Alaska Airlines Magazine and other publications. She also continues to work in television. Her most recent project, Alaska’s Marine Highway, has been broadcast on PBS affiliates across the country. Her work in television and print has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Alaska Broadcasters Association, the Alaska Press Club and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Snifka holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and communication arts, both from the University of Wisconsin Madison and an M.A. in Northern Studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She joined the UAF Journalism Department in 2006. At UAF, she teaches broadcast, online and print courses. Bad grammar gives her grey hair.
Administrative Assistant - Journalism
Margo began her UAF career in the Journalism Department in 2001. After moving about the University a bit and following a brief stint as a flight attendant with Alaska Airlines, she returned to the department in 2012.
She has one groovy grandbaby, Emmett, three awesome adult kids , Blaise, Stephanie and Charlotte( married to Sam) and one exceptional husband, Jeff. When not in office, she enjoys gardening, reading, and cooking.
J. Jason Lazarus
Computer Systems Analyst / Darkroom Labs Manager / Adjunct (Photography)
M.F.A., Photography, Academy of Arts University, San Francisco
Jason Lazarus provides our technology-dependant department with its life support, keeping our computers, cameras, recorders, microphones, printers and all the rest of our gear in operating condition. He is a graduate of our very own department, with a degree in Photojournalism. Jason has been with us since 2004, taking over the management of our computer labs and traditional darkrooms. Since 2005, he's served as an adjunct for the department teaching both film and digital versions of our photography courses and had developed courses in Alternative and Historical Photo Processes. His hobbies range from vintage video games to exploring abandoned mines and dredges. He has a lovely wife, Deanna, and a 6-year old son named Aidan.
Associate Professor (Media Law)
L.L.B., Indiana University Law School at Bloomington
Ed Husted practiced general law in Indiana for almost 20 years before moving to Alaska in 1982. He then worked for six years as a paralegal in two Fairbanks law offices practicing workers' compensation law. In 1988, Husted and his wife formed Lawyer Support Services to provide contract legal research and written projects for local lawyers. The following year, Husted began writing and selling weekly summaries of the opinions of the Alaska Supreme Court. His subscription list has now grown to more than 125 law firms throughout Alaska and in Seattle.
When the UAF paralegal studies program started in 1992, Husted taught the first introductory class, and he has taught it ever since. He also teaches three other paralegal courses in addition to Mass Media Law (JRN 413) for the UAF Journalism Department and Media Relations (JUST 630) for the UAF Justice Department. In 1997, Husted became the first full-time coordinator of the UAF paralegal studies program, a position he still holds.
Adjunct (Website Design)
Dave Partee, who teaches website design, is communications designer for the Alaska Sea Grant College Program at UAF, and before that was Web Coordinator for the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Prior to moving to Alaska in 1996, he pursued the family business--academia--studying philosophy and music at the University of California at Berkeley (B.A.). and was a graduate fellow in philosophy at UMass Amherst, before being drawn into a career in design and music. Dave's specialties also include graphics and design applications, such as Photoshop and InDesign, and digital
Dave freelances as a photographer, specializing in dog mushing, frequently contributing to mushing and dog sport magazines. He also works as a bass player with many Fairbanks musicians. His says his biggest regret in moving to Fairbanks was having to give up the sport of squash.