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Judy Polumbaum is a journalist, essayist, editor, book publisher and media scholar. She taught at the University of Iowa in Iowa City for nearly three decades and is now professor emerita of journalism & mass communication. Her research career focused on journalism and mass media in contemporary China. Nowadays she writes about photography and family, often drawing on the work of her late father Ted Polumbaum, a longtime photojournalist for LIFE, Look, The New York Times Magazine and many other publications, whose archives are in the custody of the Newseum, a division of the Freedom Forum, in Washington DC.


Forthcoming events (details/links to come):


Three hometown authors

Lincoln, Massachusetts, Public Library

March 3, 2022

via zoom


The golden age of photojournalism

Nevada Camera Club, Las Vegas, NV

March 11, 2022, 7 pm PT

in person


Politics and Protest in Pictures

University of Iowa Retirees Association

March 17, 2022, 2 pm CT

via zoom


More bio information here.


Author's Guild member spotlight here.


NEWSEUM Ted Polumbaum collection information here.


And here's the best piece ever about Ted Polumbaum's work and life, by John Przybys, with photos and video by Ellen Schmidt, online link here: published for Father's Day in the Las Vegas Review-Journal !