Joplin, MO, United States
Roger Nomer is a visual journalist based out of Joplin, Mo. For over fifteen years, he has intensely sought to tell the story of the people around him through his lens. His focus continues to be the ordinary moments in life which become extraordinary details of a person’s story. A graduate of the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Roger’s career has taken him to many communities throughout the Midwest. He has worked at papers such as The Eudora News and The Johnson County Sun, before currently working ten years at The Joplin Globe. Also, Roger has attended both The Kalish Visual Editing Workshop (2012) and The Missouri Photo Workshop (2013). In 2011, he covered the devastating EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., killing 161 people. The photos he contributed to the Joplin Globe from that disaster have helped the paper win the ASNE award for deadline reporting, an EPPY for best news or feature event and the Associated Press Photo of the Year for Missouri. He is available for freelance work throughout the central Midwest.
Joplin Tornado Rescue
Joplin Police Sgt. Gabe Allen carries Aspen Bowman to safety from the remains of Academy Sports building along Range Line Road following a tornado strike in Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011. The EF5 tornado was the seventh-deadliest tornado in U.S. history, killing 160 people.