Greg Smith

Greg Smith
University Communications Strategist
Office Location: 
Taylor Hall 314E
University Communications

Greg has a long résumé that includes experience as a staff photojournalist, a newspaper editor, a public-relations professional, and an independent photographer, writer, editor and producer. He holds both Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Journalism degrees, in Visual Communication, from Ohio University. He was formerly managing editor of The Beaufort Gazette, Sunday editor of The Savannah Morning News and founding editor of Hilton Head Monthly. Greg has operated an independent photography and creative services business, now imediaSmith, since 1995.

He has written and made pictures for newspapers and magazines around the world, including The New York Times, and a host of corporate clients. In 2003, University of North Carolina Press published Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way, which Greg co-authored with Sallie Ann Robinson. His 2009 multimedia master’s project, “Keeping the May River Wild,” screened at five film festivals, won a couple awards and has aired several times on SC-ETV. He has completed dozens of artist residencies and workshops at K-12 schools and arts camps across South Carolina, and presented business practices workshops at colleges and photojournalism events across the country.

He served five years on the board of the National Press Photographers Association, where he was also a longtime Business Practices chairman. He continues to represent NPPA with the Authors Coalition of America. And in 2014, he received a Photographic Leadership award from the United Nations' International Photographic Council.

Greg and his newspaper-editor wife, Janet, moved to Colorado after spending most of the past 30 years along and in the tidal May River near Bluffton, S.C. But they didn’t climb from sea level to the High Country on a whim. They married in 1982 while living in Telluride, where they launched a five-county weekly newspaper, the San Juan Examiner. That effort failed, but their twin sons (conceived in Colorado) and daughter have flourished into adulthood. While they have a pair of young grandchildren and two sons (ask, and Greg will show you pictures) still in South Carolina, returning to Colorado was their dream.

In 2012, they purchased a cool house in Westcliffe (again, just dare to ask), overlooking the Sangre de Cristo range. Greg splits time between Westcliffe and Gunnison, with one of his favorite ski resorts – Monarch Mountain – in between. Besides a nasty addiction to skiing on bad knees, Greg enjoys kayaking, hiking, biking, sailing, fishing, gardening, wildlife photography and the outdoors, in general.

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