Ted Jackson

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Ted M. Jackson (born 1956, McComb, Mississippi) is senior staff photographer for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Louisiana. He contributes to the newspaper’s extensive gallery of photographs of events in the Greater New Orleans Area.[1]

Achievements prior to 2005[edit]

Jackson finished high school at McComb's Parklane Academy in 1974 and proceeded in his education to Southwest Mississippi Community College and University of Southern Mississippi. After graduation he worked for 2 years with the Daily Iberian in New Iberia, Louisiana, and then went to work for the Times-Picayune.[2]

Having worked for the Times-Picayune since 1984, Jackson was already well established as a photojournalist prior to 2005. Among other accolades, Jackson received the 2003 Community Photojournalism award from the American Society of News Editors (ASNE).[3] After a stint as photojournalistic correspondent during the 1990s U.S. intervention into Haiti, Jackson in 1997 shared a Sigma Delta Chi Award and a Pulitzer Prize for his photographic work on Oceans of Trouble, a documentary about threats to the world's fisheries.[4]

Hurricane Katrina[edit]

But in 2005 Jackson became particularly known for his industriousness and innovation in obtaining unique and superb photographs during and after Hurricane Katrina,[5] a natural disaster which has caused Jackson, by virtue of his experience, to be frequently sought not only for his photographs but also for his advice on photography of natural disasters.[6] Many of his photographs appeared in the 2006 Times-Picayune book Katrina: The Ruin and Recovery of New Orleans.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Jackson's photographic work during and after Katrina and his knowledge of the affected areas were critical to relief workers, including those who came to work with his own (Mandeville, Louisiana) Tammany Oaks Church of Christ with which he served as an elder.[8] Jackson is married to Nancy Tatum Jackson, and they have two grown sons—Christopher Michael Jackson and Jeremiah Lee Jackson. Ted and Nancy Jackson live in Covington, Louisiana.[9]


  1. ^ Times-Picayune gallery.
  2. ^ Bio on TedJackson.net (accessed 2010 October 9).
  3. ^ ASNE site from 2003 February 28 (retrieved 2009 June 13).
  4. ^ John McQuaid, "Bold new 'chaos theory' says fishery experts way off track" in New Jersey Fishing (Garden State Seafood Association), 1998 February 16 (retrieved 2009 June 13).
  5. ^ Beverly Spicer, "The Ordeal of Ted Jackson and the New Orleans Times-Picayune" in Digital Journalist, 2005 December (retrieved 2009 June 13).
  6. ^ "Ted Jackson: Our Lives, Ours to Cover" on Poynter.org for 2006 September 01 (retrieved 2009 June 13). See also Douglas Brinkley, The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast (New York: Harper Perennial, 2007), passim; ISBN 0-06-114849-0, ISBN 978-0-06-114849-1; and John McQuaid & Mark Schleifstein, Path of Destruction: The Devastation of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms (New York: Little, Brown, 2006), passim, ISBN 0-316-01642-X, ISBN 978-0-316-01642-1. Jackson posts his own photos at his Photogumbo site.
  7. ^ Times-Picayune Publishing Corporation. (2006). Katrina: The Ruin and Recovery of New Orleans. New Orleans: Spotlight Press. 192 pages. [ISBN 1596701846], [ISBN 9781596701847].
  8. ^ Tammany Oaks Church of Christ web site.
  9. ^ Ted Jackson on Peoplesearch.com.