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MICHEL FORTIER

Title: Director of Visuals
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About MICHEL FORTIER

Biography

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Michel Fortier is a fifteen-year veteran of the Naples Daily News and is a graduate of the Western Kentucky University School of Journalism where he won numerous awards. Those awards include the Alexia Tsairis Foundation Scholarship, numerous category wins in the College Photographer of the Year competition and first place in the Hearst Photojournalism Competition, considered to be the Pulitzer Prize of collegiate photojournalism. He also studied abroad at Ho Chi Minh City University in Vietnam where he studied Vietnamese language and culture and worked on documentary projects in his free time. During his newspaper career, Michel has also worked for The Dallas Morning News, Minneapolis Star-Tribune and the New York Daily News before becoming a staff photographer at the Naples Daily News in 1998. After becoming the Director of Visuals, he's helped lead the photo department to a Pulitzer prize finalist in 2011 and has won numerous editing awards on a national level including Best of Photojournalism 2013 first place in Best Use of Photos for newspaper picture editing. -1st Place-Best Use of Photos Newspaper Editing NPPA's Best of Photojournalism 2013 -2nd Place-Multi-page documentary for Editing, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism 2013 -2nd Place-Best Use of Photos, Newspaper Editing in NPPA's Best of Photojournalism 2012 -3rd Place-Best Use of Photos, Newspaper Editing in NPPA's Best of Photojournalism 2011 -Honorable Mention, Recurring Series, Editing in NPPA's Best of Photojournalism 2011 -Honorable Mention, Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year Team, 2011 -1st Place, Multi Page documentary for Editing, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism 2011
MICHEL FORTIER

Position History

  • Director of Visuals
    12/10/1998 - current

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Recent Work

  • Our World: Overcoming obstacles just another day for teenager Published 10/08/2009 at 7:34 p.m.

    Like most teenagers, 16-year-old Christian Cruz has a pallet full of obstacles, challenges and concerns, ranging from doing well in school, to his social life to helping out with the family business after class at Grass Masters Landscaping.

  • Our World: Tai Chi Published 05/17/2009 at 11:17 p.m.

    Sonny Panpakdeediskul leads the group through 108 forms of Tai Chi, calling out the names of the various forms to help those who weren't advanced students.

  • Our World: Full throttle Published 04/19/2009 at 8:01 p.m.

    Chaz Davies flies up a short straight on the north side of 100 mph before slamming on the brakes and dropping three gears in a cacophony of V-twin noise as he matches his engine’s speed with that of the wheels.

  • Our World: Laughter unlimited Published 03/22/2009 at 7:32 p.m.

    Their dark rooms gave way to the bright balcony of the hospital atrium. The intravenous drip with its consistent electronic beeps followed 8-year-old Sterling Wilkins-Cowart as she made her way on the second floor of Lee Memorial HealthPark along with ...

  • Our World: Someday ... Published 02/22/2009 at 5:21 p.m.

    It was a simple, quick photo, grabbed in a few milliseconds as I walked out onto the playground.

  • Our World: Orange reminder Published 02/01/2009 at 10:05 p.m.

    It started as a way for Missouri resident Becky Gibbs to remember her husband. She planned the release of 1,000 orange balloons on Veteran’s Day as a reminder of how Agent Orange had affected her husband and Vietnam War veteran ...

  • Our World: Bonita barbershop gives veterans free haircuts Published 11/23/2008 at 7:58 p.m.

    After getting a proper haircut, Joe Kasper pushes a handful of bills in Maria Strawder’s direction. But Kasper’s money is no good on this day. The World War II vet receives a free cut courtesy of Mel’s Barbershop in Bonita ...

  • Our World: In sickness and in health Published 11/09/2008 at 6:09 p.m.

    Patients and family will tell you it’s always so much more than cancer. It goes beyond the diagnosis, beyond the new physical realities. Cancer affects the ability to function effectively on a day-to-day basis and one’s inner sense of well-being. ...

  • Our World: Like a champion Published 08/17/2008 at 5:37 p.m.

    It’s 14-year-old Arielle Rausin’s 10th lap around a quarter-mile oval at the local high school. Despite the sticky August evening conditions, each stroke of her arm comes with a smile as her speed builds. Arielle likes to go fast, really ...

  • Estudiantes de Lee estarán en ‘buenas manos’ para su regreso a clases Published 08/14/2008 at 12:01 a.m.

    Los choferes de autobús del Condado Lee ya arrancaron los motores y comenzaron a prepararse antes que los estudiantes y maestros regresen a sus aulas

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