Rob Heller

Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media

Phone: 865-974-3463
E-mail: rheller@utk.edu

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Rob Heller, professor of journalism and electronic media, came to UT in 1986. He is an expert in photography and graphic design. Heller received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in photojournalism from Syracuse University. For more than twenty years, he's been taking UT photojournalism students to LaFollette, a small town in East Tennessee, to photograph daily life. Each year, the LaFollette newspaper runs a special edition of the photographs entitled "Eyes on LaFollette." An exhibition of the photos, Eyes on LaFollette: UT Student Photojournalism Project Marks 20 Years, was displayed at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville in the fall of 2014. Living On, an exhibit of Heller's portraits of Holocaust survivors and liberators from Tennessee, has been in museums around the state of Tennessee and at major cities in Poland. The Living On photos were included in a book published in 2008. Heller served as photo manager for the Ocoee kayak and canoe Olympic venue at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Before he came to UT, Heller taught photography and graphics at the University of Miami and the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York. He also worked as a publications designer and photographer at the State University of New York College and Elmira College and has had his photographs selected for numerous juried exhibitions. Heller has been active in the National Press Photographers Association, the Society for News Design, and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Topics of expertise: Photojournalism, graphic design, typography, the Holocaust

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