Erin Hooley is photojournalist at the Chicago Tribune where she is inspired daily by her wonderful mentors and colleagues. Previously, she spent five years making photos at the Standard-Examiner in Ogden, including a long-term, personal project on mixed martial arts culture and people in Utah. After moving to Alaska, she worked as a photographer for the University of Alaska Anchorage. Erin was also a photographer and assistant during the Iditarod 1000-plus-mile sled dog race, an experience she hopes to one day repeat. During the Alaskan summer, she traveled to every brewery in the state and photographed hundreds of beers and those who create them for The Beer Up Here mobile field guide. She studied at the University of Colorado in her hometown of Boulder (with a brief stint abroad at the University of Otago in New Zealand) and found a love for photojournalism in Dan Eldon’s “The Journey is the Destination.”

She recently helped create Chicago Women in Media, a group that “exists to foster conversations and provide support for visual storytellers in Chicago and beyond.”

Erin also paints, draws and combines photographs with mixed media in personal journals and all-night projects that turn out like this.


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