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2014: My year in pictures, capped by transition

2014 has been an eventful and inspirational year.  It has also been another year marked by change and departure in the news industry that I love.  Today I join a growing list of departures from The Des Moines Register newsroom.  On Monday I’ll embark on the next chapter of my career.  I’ve accepted the opportunity to work as photographer and multimedia producer at Iowa State University.  I’m excited and humbled to have the opportunity to tell the stories of my alma mater.

I’ve spent a decade at the Register and have loved just about every minute of it.  I’ve worked with incredibly talented colleagues.  I’ve met countless amazing Iowans.  I’ve been honored to tell their stories.  My experience as a visual journalist has, and will continue to, shape my outlook on life.  I’m thankful for time well spent… It’s been a privilege.

My newsroom now shifts to the beautiful campus of Iowa State and the global reach of its students, faculty and research.  More stories to be told, shared.

Here’s some of my favorite images from 2014, chronologically.  They run the gamut of emotion and experience, and I’m glad to have been there to capture it.
Casey Baney pushes friend Casey Downing on a toboggan to give him a start at the top of a hill while sledding with friends Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Waveland Golf Course in Des Moines.  Both men, from Des Moines, left work early to have some fun in the snow. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)Iowa State's Dustin Hougue (22) scores around Baylor's Royce O'Neale and Cory Jefferson (34) during the Big 12 championship game Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Kansas City, Mo. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)
Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg, accompanied by his son, Sam,  cuts down the net after winning the Big 12 championship Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Kansas City, Mo. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)Firefighters douse a still smoldering fire that gutted the 115-year-old Younkers building on Saturday in downtown Des Moines. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)

A firefighter on a ladder douses a still smoldering fire that gutted the 115-year-old Younkers building on Saturday in downtown Des Moines. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)

Fred Lindsey, 92, of Marshalltown, Iowa looks at an historic image of Gen. Dwight Eisenhower visiting with soldiers days before the Normandy invasion during World War II.  Lindsey is in the photo, at left in the background.  He was a 22-year-old First Sergeant from Sioux City, Iowa at the time.  Seeing Eisenhower that day, June 4, 1944, "was good medicine,” Lindsey says. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)An Iowa State University student weeps alongside fellow students upon the announcement of the suspension of VEISHEA Wednesday on the campus of Iowa State Univerity in Ames.  Moments later, the distraught student left the packed Memorial Union room before president Leath finished his remarks. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)James Piggee, 75, looks out a window towards his neighbor's house in his Des Moines home. He has felt more confined to his home over the last 20 years than he would prefer.  Gay and living with his partner of 53 years, Piggee has received threats and intimidation from his next door neighbors, James Anthony Mullins and Raulyn Walker.  Police reports state his neighbors have "called them ‘bitches, faggots and threatened to kick their f------ a-s.’ "  Piggee question how Mullins especially can continue to receive subsidized housing from the city in spite of a criminal record. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)Nathan Brockman, butterfly wing curator at the Reiman Gardens on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, looks over a newly-hatched Atlas Moth perched atop his finger in the garden's butterfly wing.  The large moth is native to the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)Dr. Daniel Baldi embraces his attorney, Guy Cook after a Polk County jury found him not guilty on all seven involuntary manslaughter charges he had faced. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)Nate Yoho snuggles his five-month old daughter, Caralyn, while taking a break from work at his Crossfit studio on Merle Hay Road in Des Moines.   Caralyn was born from a surrogate mother.  Nate's wife, Laura, died of brain cancer shortly before her birth. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)Steve Livengood, a retired National Guardsman from Atlantic, stands in the  “Field of Glory”, a plot of land reserved for veterans in the Atlantic cemetery.  Livengood, known as "Mr. Military" due to his heavy involvement in veterans and military activity in Atlantic, has been tapped to organize the upcoming Cass County Honor Flight for WWII veterans. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)Thriving corn surrounds a quilt barn under the summer sky west of Perry along Highway 141 on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)Fans react while watching the United States-Germany World Cup game Thursday at the Royal Mile in Des Moines. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)High water flows over the Center Street dam on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. This photograph is a 180-degree panoramic composite of multiple images. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)Joined by his dog, Blaze, Justin Dammann pauses to survey a pasture while tending to one of his cattle herds the morning of July 3, 2014 on his rural Page County farm. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)David Lamb of Johnston, a Vietnam War veteran, tosses candy to children during an Independence Day parade Friday morning in Urbandale. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)From left, Ashton Smith, 14, of Urbandale, Taryn Mock, 11, of Johnston and Delaney Phillips, 12, of Johnson revel patriotic balloons while walking in the Independence Day parade Friday morning in Urbandale. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)Chemical free farmer Matt Russell harvests eggs from a chicken coop in preparation for the Des Moines Farmers Market on his farm near Lacona on July 11, 2014. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)Jayden Dammann, 3, waits for a tractor ride while his father, Justin, visits with others on the family farm in rural Page county on July 19, 2014.  Justin says he feels confident about the management of the family farm one day passing on to Jayden. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)Burundian immigrant Beuline Bucumi assembles her produce as her granddaughter, Sadia, 1, rests in a sling on her back during the Global Greens Farmers Market at Lutheran Services in Iowa on Saturday, August 23, 2014 in Des Moines.  The market, launched in June, features fruits and vegetables grown by displaced farmers who have resettled in Iowa. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)A group of Union County men gather each morning at sunrise outside Frank's Service in Arispe.  From left are Marvin Ringberg, Mike Fry, Don Wilson, Frank Eighme, Randy Needham and Jim Bradley.  They sit on relics of the past, chairs from the long gone Arispe schoolhouse, which closed in 1958. The remote, weathered station is one of the few remaining commercial businesses in the southern Iowa town of about 100. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)Nate Yoho cradles his daughter Caralyn under wedding day photographs of himself and wife, Laura, in his Grimes home. Caralyn turns one year old on November 26.  She was born by surrogate after Laura died of cancer.  "She's a joy. Laura wanted to be here for her, and that's pretty heavy on me. I take my responsibility as a father very seriously," he says. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Udell, Iowa. (Charlie Litchfield/The Register)Many thanks, friends. See you on the story trail.

One Response to “2014: My year in pictures, capped by transition”

  1. Karen Mitchell says:

    Chris, I’m sorry you’re leaving the paper. The Register will always need good eyes like yours. This page is a great chronicle of life in Iowa and the year it was. You’ll do great work for Iowa State, but I wish you weren’t moving on. And I love the photo of the staff.

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