University of South Carolina Beaufort student J. J. Crespo, costumed as shark, waits to be spotted by participants in the school's Shark Bait 5K race at Coligny Beach on Sunday. During the race, volunteers dressed as sharks waited along the race course. Runners who spotted, chased down and tagged a shark won a restaurant gift certificate. The race was held to benefit the South Carolina chapter of the ALS Association, helping in the fight against Lou Gehrig's disease. (Photo by Jay Karr, 12/2/12)
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Sarah Welliver was hired as a staff photographer for The Island Packet in October 2008. She spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, rising to the rank of sergeant. She graduated from the University of Montana in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She is well-versed in multimedia, first learning her video and audio skills through the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute.
grew up in Fulton, Mo., and majored in English at Fulton’s Westminster College before entering the University of Missouri master's program in journalism, graduating in 1990. He joined the Island Packet as a staff photographer in September of that year.
Delayna Earley was hired as a staff photographer in Summer 2012. Earley, originally from Virginia, graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2011 with a bachelor's in photojournalism and history. She worked at newspapers in Virginia and Indiana before coming to the Packet/Gazette as a full-time photojournalist. She nabbed a Hearst Journalism Awards Program first-place finish for her news multimedia piece "Grassroots," which documented two members of the Bowling Green (Ky.) Tea Party and their reasons for joining. The same piece was featured in zMultimedia/ZUMA Press.
Drew Martin came to The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette as the photo and graphics editor in 2005 after working at the Savannah Morning News. He grew up in Kenosha, Wis., and graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in art. He spends his days working with section editors, reporters and the photographers to produce local visual content.