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After passing his driver license test at sixteen, Jack walked into the offices of The Daily Advocate, a small hometown newspaper with a circulation of just 7,000 readers in Greenville, Ohio, declaring he wanted to be a photographer. Holding back laughter, the managing editor tossed the high school sophomore a film canister telling him to go into the darkroom and process the exposed roll of black and white film. If he could manage that, they would talk. Clueless, but able to read the processing directions taped on the wall, Gruber managed to not destroy the film while spooling it on a reel and processing it correctly.
That was his first job interview and the start of Jack Gruber’s career as a photojournalist.
A graduate from the Ohio University School of Visual Communication and winner of the William Randolph Hearst National Photojournalism Championship in 1989, Jack has worked as a staff photographer at the Flint Journal, the Detroit News and the Commercial Appeal in Memphis before joining the staff of USA TODAY in 2000.
An award-winning career spanning three decades in visual storytelling, Gruber has traveled the world covering events in 25-plus countries including nine Olympic games and dozens of trips into war zones including Afghanistan and Iraq.
Gruber proposed to his wife Amy on the 50-yard line of the Rose Bowl while covering the 2002 NCAA National Championship football game (Miami 37-Nebraska 14). They currently reside in Falls Church, Virginia with their daughter Maddie and son Wade.
Check out some of Jack's photography here.