New Media Journalism Faculty

Thomas Harrop, M.S. , Journalism Lead

Beginning in the early 1980s, Thomas Harrop worked as managing editor or editorial director at various national publications. These included Peterson's Photographic, Outdoor Photographer, Collector's Photography and Camera & Darkroom. During his tenure at these magazines Harrop had the opportunity to work with many of the luminaries of photography, including A. D. Coleman, Dean Collins, Ralph Gibson, George Lepp, David Muench, Helmut Newton, Chris Rainier, Galen Rowell, John Sexton, Art Wolfe, and many others.

In addition to magazine work in this editorial role, Harrop has worked throughout his career as a photographer. While working as a full-time photographer for NASA at Edwards Air Force Base in California he photographed for the space shuttle program, the X-29 program, the Voyager (the plane that flew around the world non-stop and un- refueled), and the Daedalus program (which led to the first man-powered flight from Crete to the Greek mainland).

Along with science- and technology-related imagery, Harrop has photographed many celebrities for publication, including A. J. Foyt, Joe Sakic, Morgan Fairchild, Charlton Heston, Ming-Na Wen, Dennis Weaver, Patty Loveless, Benjamin Netanyahu, Jack Nicklaus, and Steffi Graf.

Over the years Harrop has published more than 120 magazine articles, along with hundreds of his photos. These publications have run the gamut of publications from Time and U.S.A. Today to Horizon Air magazine, Outdoor Photographer, PC Laptop, PhotoPro, Golf Tips, and Place & Pilot. Additionally, he has written 5 books.

Harrop received both bachelor's and master's degrees from the Brooks Institute of Photography. He has been admitted to the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, the American Mensa Society and the Professional Photographers of America.