Paul Vathis

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Paul Vathis (October 18, 1925 – December 10, 2002) was an American photojournalist. He was a photographer for the Associated Press for 56 years.

Life[edit]

He was one of eight children of Greek immigrant parents in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania. He got his start in World War II. He was a World War II Marine combat veteran, where he shot bomb damage pictures of South Pacific island caves. Before the war he had never even held a camera before. He was married to Barbara Vathis and had three children Victoria, Randy, and Stephanie. He died at age 77 in his home.

Career[edit]

He joined the AP in Philadelphia, in 1946; he spent most of his career at the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania bureau of the AP, starting in 1952.

In 1962, he took a picture of President John F. Kennedy and former President Dwight Eisenhower walking together at Camp David.[1] He covered such events as Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point basketball game in 1962, where he originally was just taking his son Randy to see a game, and the Budd Dwyer suicide in 1987 at the Harrisburg capitol building.[2] In 1979, he helped cover the nation's worst nuclear power accident at Three Mile Island.[3] [4] He died in 2002 in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

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