You’ve reached Nancy Andrews, the photographer, digital news editor, multimedia editor and graduate of the University of Virginia.
There are so many talented women named Nancy Andrews floating around on the Internet. Just so you know: I am not the body builder (though I do Bikram Yoga). I am not the doctor, though I could be the SEO specialist, but I generally only use that to benefit Freep.com.
I am the photographer and editor. I’m fortunate to have a career telling people’s stories and working for great news organizations, each serving their particular community: The Free Lance-Star, The Washington Post and the Detroit Free Press.
As Detroit Free Press managing editor/digital media I am part of a wonderful newsroom full of talented and dedicated journalists serving the people of Detroit and Michigan. We strive to keep our community informed with the latest news, sports, features and conversation. We seek to surprise and engage, as well as serve as the watchdog for Southeast Michigan.
At Freep.com we’ve built on our long history of photojournalism and expanded our vision to include video. We’ve won four Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and an Edward R. Murrow Award. Two recent projects:
Prior to the Free Press, you could find me at The Washington Post where I was a staff photographer for 10 years. I was fortunate to recognized for my work and named White House Photographer of the Year in 1998 and Newspaper Photographer of the Year by the University of Missouri and the National Press Photographers Association in 1997.
HarperCollins published my first book, "Family: A Portrait of Gay and Lesbian America," in 1994. The work portrayed gay and lesbian people from across America -- from Elvis impersonators to Congressmen to cowboys and stock brokers to activists to choir members, to teenagers to a 93-year-old. The Corcoran Gallery of Art held an exhibition of the entire work in the summer of 1994. I am so thankful for all the people who agreed to participate in that book and tell their story. You've helped me and others grow.
In 1998, Southern Methodist University Press published, "Partial View: An Alzheimer's Journal," which told the story of Dr. Cary Smith Henderson as he descended into the depths of the disease. His wife, Ruth Henderson, and daughter, Jackie Henderson Main and I edited his words and into a book meant for other families and people with Alzheimer's disease. The images and thoughts were exhibited at the Newseum in 1998.
My partner Annie O'Neill and I have been together ten years and recently married at Hulse Landing Beach on Long Island. She's photographer as well and we love making pictures together. We also brought an historic home back to life in Pittsburgh's Mexican War Streets National Historic District. Our building, that we like to call "Bertha," earned herself recognition from the Pennsylvania Historical Preservation Society. In Detroit, we live in another National Historic District, "Indian Village." We try to do our part to keep up these homes and preserve a bit of history.