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With over 21 years of experience in the field of Photojournalism, and numerous awards and accolades for his works, Paul L. Newby, II began his photographic journey smack-dab in the middle of the Peninsula and Tidewater area of Virginia, where he was born and raised.

His first 35mm cameras (Minolta X -370, X-700) were given to him by his parents at the age of 16. He believes that is how his artistic relationship with 'Writing with Light' began. Capturing moments with his tool of trade has been a part of his life for as long he can remember.

Known by many as "Babygin," Paul attended Norfolk State University where he graduated with a B.A. in Photojournalism and Public Relations. He also studied in the graduate program at Ohio University with an emphasis in the fields of Photojournalism and Photo Illustrations.

During his extensive career, Newby has covered major news events for several national newspapers as well as major sporting events. Such events include two Kentucky Derby races, Super Bowl XL in Detroit, Michigan, numerous Big Ten Football games at Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Notre Dame; and Detroit's Lions and Pistons.

His work has been published in the Washington Post, USA Today, Detroit Free Press and Sports Illustrated.

Newby also served as an Adjunct Instructor at Grand Valley State University for over two years teaching Photojournalism I and Photojournalism II on the main campus in Allendale, Michigan.

Paul was caught in a major life change in 2010 where he was part of a large layoff with the Grand Rapids Press after 14 years as a full-time Photojournalist. Now reinventing himself in this New World of Photojournalism, he still has the craving to capture unique moments in time.

"While I continue to grow as a photographer, I am always exploring new ideas and concepts to capture unique moments in photography."

With that being said, Mr. Paul L. Newby, II hopes your glimpse into his world was an exceptional one.

Special thanks to my parents, Mr. & Mrs. Paul L. Newby.

Career Timeline

  • The Smithfield Times, Smithfield, VA
  • The Daily Press, Newport News, VA
  • The Post-Tribune, Gary IN*
  • The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY
  • The Roanoke Times, VA
  • The Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, MI
  • University of Wisconsin - School of Business, Madison, WI

Member - National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)

*Recipient of the 1994 NABJ Photo-Internship Award