Pulitzer-Winning Photojournalist Bill Strode Dead


Bill Strode, who shared two Pulitzer Prizes as a photographer for The Courier-Journal and was named national Photographer of the Year before he was 30, died of cancer. He was 68.

Strode later established his own book-publishing company and freelanced for The New York Times, Time, Life, National Geographic and other publications. His photos appeared in exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution and Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville.

He died Monday at a friend’s home in Versailles, Ky., where he was under Hospice care, according to his business partner, Joe Paul Pruett.

Strode “was one of the most accomplished photographers ever in the state of Kentucky, as well as nationally,” Courier-Journal photographer Bill Luster said.

He was Photographer of the Year in 1966, named by the National Press Photographers Association. He was the group’s president in 1974 and later received its President’s Award.

In 1967, he was a member of a Courier-Journal team that won a Pulitzer for Public Service for a series about strip mining. In 1976, he earned his second Pulitzer as part of the newspaper’s coverage of court-ordered busing in Jefferson County.

He co-founded Harmony House, a publishing house in Goshen, Ky., specializing in photography books, in 1984.

Survivors include four children, Michelle Strode Bartholomew and Erin Hall Strode, both of Louisville; Hope Ives Strode of Eugene Ore.; and Charlotte Alexander Strode of Boston; and his companion for 10 years, Jane Gentry Vance of Versailles.

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