Adjunct Instructor of Journalism
M.A., Ohio University, Photography
B.A., California State University, Fresno, Mass Communications
Phone: (203) 392-5800
Publications and Experience
Mark Mirko is a Hartford Courant photojournalist whose range of early work includes covering the Yugoslav wars, Prague in the post-Velvet Revolution era of the Czech Republic and Hurricane Andrew, for which he and his fellow photographers at The Palm Beach Post were Pulitzer Prize finalists in 1993. His photojournalism at The Hartford Courant includes coverage of the 9/11 World Trade Center attack, mental health and suicides among Americans serving in the Iraq war and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Mark was a founder of Eye Contact, the online journal of the The Hartford Courant photography department, where he produced a photography column exploring opportunities to document peace as an alternative to documenting war. He edited, designed and produced the book “The Year We Made Eye Contact," a compilation of posts from Eye Contact’s first year which became The Hartford Courant’s first e-book available for sale online.
Mark has been a spokesperson for photojournalism on radio and television and is a frequent guest lecturer at f colleges and universities. In 2003 he was awarded a yearlong Knight Fellowship in Newsroom Graphics Management and New Media Technologies at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication where he earned Master of Arts degree in photography. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from California State University, Fresno, where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the school's Department of Media, Communications and Journalism in 2015.
JRN 270 - Introduction to Photojournalism