Justin L. Stewart is an independent visual journalist from Jackson Hole, Wyo., who is currently based in Los Angeles, CA. Justin is also a graduate student at the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, working on a Master of Arts in the photojournalism sequence. He enjoys working on projects that require any of his skills, including videography, photography, and reporting.
2016 - 2016 Great Plains Journalism Awards
Megan Tupper, 25, stands in front of her house with her four-month-old son Elan on her hip and her two-year-old son Oren. Tupper lives there with her 36-year-old finance Jason Renfro.
Jason works full-time doing roofing as Megan pulls in 30 hours a week at the Olive Garden, where she has worked for the past year and a half, though she has been working in food service since she was 13.
Megan's paid approximately $3.61 an hour and says her checks usually range from $0 to $20.
Megan's family makes "just enough money to not need any assistance, but not enough to pay almost $2,000 a month for daycare." "We make just enough to to not get food stamps or any help with anything at all, but just enough to where we can – we make it, but not comfortably. It's really tight. I call it scrimping."
Bud Kalil’s rests in his chair at a hospice home in Chandler, Ariz., minutes before Bud suffered a nearly fatal stroke. Bud’s wife and extended family were visiting him on Thanksgiving day 2013 when his stroke occurred. He died two days before Christmas.
A helicopter spotlights protestors near City Hall as they march down South Florissant road Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Protests began quiet but later turned violent when a march to Ferguson's city hall ended with a heavily damaged police car and tear gas being dispersed by police.