Nat Geo Photographer inducted into BMHS Hall of Fame

Beloit Memorial High School will honor alum and National Geographic photojournalist, Steven L. Raymer (Class of 1963), into its Hall of Fame during a public ceremony at 9:15 a.m. Friday.

Photojournalist, author, and educator Steven Raymer, a National Geographic magazine staff photographer for more than two decades, teaches visual journalism, media ethics, international newsgathering, and war correspondence at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is a tenured professor of journalism, as well as an adjunct faculty member of the university’s India Studies program.

Raymer earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and studied Soviet and Russian affairs at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow. After service as a lieutenant in the United States Army, he joined the staff of National Geographic in 1972, launching a career that has taken him to more than 90 countries. From famines in Bangladesh and Ethiopia to the collapse of the Soviet Union, Raymer’s photographs have illustrated more than 30 bylined National Geographic articles and numerous other National Geographic articles, books, and multimedia presentations. In 1976 he was named “Magazine Photographer of the Year” by Pictures of the Year – one of photojournalism’s most coveted awards for his reporting of global hunger.

The Beloit Memorial High School Hall of Fame was established for the purpose of identifying and recognizing graduates of Beloit Memorial High School who have made significant contributions to their professions and their communities. They serve as role models of achievement for our current student body. The first recognition was made in 1994.

A plaque of each recipient is permanently placed in the school’s Hallway of Fame.