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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.


More bio information here.


Author's Guild member spotlight here.


NEWSEUM Ted Polumbaum collection information here.



ALERTS to forthcoming events:


Documenting Social Movements through Images

In-person at the Las Vegas Book Festival,

Sat., Oct. 23, noon in rm. 125 at the Historic Fifth Street School in downtown LV


Three Legacies: On Art, Family, and Resistance

An Evening with Alexander Wolff, Brett Dakin, and Judy Polumbaum

Oct. 20, 2021

Phoenix Books, Vermont



First Five Live: The Life and Legacy of Photographer Ted Polumbaum
Freedom Forum

Oct. 28, 2021



The Life and Legacy of Photographer Ted Polumbaum
A conversation with Judy Polumbaum and Lou Jones

American Society of Media Photographers New England chapter

Oct. 28, 2021




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 !