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Jay Janner is a staff photographer at the Austin American-Statesman where, since 2003, he has documented life in one of the most dynamic cities in America.


In his more than 30-year career, Janner has covered devastating weather events, mass shootings, homelessness, a presidential inauguration, and major sports events including Olympic Games and Super Bowls.  He has photographed many of the biggest news stories in Austin over the last two decades but his greatest joy is photographing moments in the lives of ordinary people.  Community photojournalism is his passion.


Janner is an eight-time National Press Photographers Association Regional Photographer of the Year and a four-time winner of the Headliners Foundation of Texas Star Photojournalist of the Year award.  His work has won numerous state and national awards including Pictures of the Year International and NPPA Best of Photojournalism.

Born in Houston and raised in Bryan, Texas, Janner earned a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Texas A&M University.  He previously worked as a staff photographer at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and the Colorado Springs Gazette.  He and his wife, Kari, are on a multiyear adventure to visit every U.S. national park.

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Work history

2003 - present: Staff photographer, Austin American-Statesman 
1995 - 2003:  Staff photographer, The Colorado Springs Gazette
1992 - 1995:  - Staff photographer, Corpus Christi Caller-Times



Certified FAA Part 107 commercial drone pilot, 2017 - present



Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Texas A&M University

(512) 740-7704

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