About Laura Fong Photography
Laura is a storyteller.
With camera in hand and a passion for storytelling, Laura has discovered herself feeling alive making photos of stories of hope, which she finds all around her. Her 10-year-old daughter Lily is her greatest inspiration.
While pursuing her undergraduate degree at Kent State she followed two long-term stories - one on childbirth/women's healthcare in Ohio and another documenting the lives of veterans and what they must overcome to return to civilian life. In 2009 she traveled to Kolkata, India to spend three weeks on Sudder Street with a woman from Toronto, as she reunited with a group of street kids she hadn't seen in nine years.
Laura has been awarded the Paula Slimak Scholarship 5 times. This important scholarship was endowed by KSU Alumna and retired journalist Paula Slimak in the names of the four students killed on campus while protesting the Vietnam war on May 4, 1970.
Other accolades include:
-ONPA Larry Fullerton scholarship
-NPPA Bob Baxter scholarship
-selected multiple times as one of two students from Kent State to submit work to the prestigious Hearst Journalism Awards
-one of four finalists in the Earl Jones Award for journalism and entrepreneurship-2010.
For her Senior Honors Thesis, Laura was awarded an Honors College Fellowship to fund “Healing the wounds of war,” her project that is based on a year-long immersion with the Warriors Journey Home veterans ministry in Tallmadge, Ohio, and the trip they took to Vietnam in October, 2010.
Laura has also received The Murray Powers Award for Outstanding Photography in her role as Photo Editor of The Burr Magazine, Spring 2010: the 40 year anniversary of the May 4th shootings.
She recieved an SPJ award for her online news story about the closing of a local maternity ward and the birth of the last child born on the ward. Laura was the only photographer invited, and no media were allowed.
Most recently, Laura has been awarded WKSU’s Walt Clarke Fellowship to graduate school at Kent State University. She had the opportunity to learn about the production of radio broadcasts and helping to improve visuals used on the web to enhance stories told on the air.
Laura's Master's Thesis is titled "Framing the post 9/11 service member: How American newspapers frame the post-9/11 service member, ten years later". Her research interest lies in the relationship between the American military and the American media, and the gap of understanding between civilians and those who serve.
Laura donates a percentage of her time and work to veterans' charities and community-based programs for vets. These partners include The Warriors' Journey Home, The Red Bird Center, Freedom House, and Valor Home shelters for homeless veterans.
Laura's book about returning to Vietnam in 2010 with area combat veterans is in progress.. Check it out HERE.
Laura also has her photographs published in a unique book on aviation in Ohio called, "Lost in Oscar Hotel" by Joe Murray. You can purchase that book HERE.
In 2014 she was asked to Co-Produce a feature-length documentary called No Greater Love. No Greater Love is a gritty and powerful film about an Army deployment to Afghanistan through the lens of an Army chaplain who carried a camera. This film aims to share the stories of post-9/11 soldiers as they tell the story of a brutal deployment and the true cost of war. No Greater Love is currently traveling across the country on the film festival circuit, picking up awards wherever it goes. Learn more about the film, and watch the film's trailer HERE
Laura has an M.A. in Journalism and is currently teaching at Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism where she is a Journalist in Residence and Visiting Assistant Professor. Laura also teaches My Story on The Web online for Kent State's school of Digital Sciences.