By Jim Colton

Most of us can recall exactly where we were and what we were doing when we heard about the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001.

On that day, most of the nation -- indeed the world -- sat riveted to live television coverage and endless replays of the day’s most gruesome moments. While television captured us for the day, many agree that it was the power of the printed image that burned those moments into our collective memory…still images made by courageous photographers who ran into the chaos while others desperately fled…a chaos later sorted and clarified by photo editors like MaryAnne Golon, then director of photography at TIME magazine. 

Golon received a B.S. in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida, was the Director of Photography at US News & World Report, followed by 15 years as the Director of Photography at TIME magazine where she earned wide recognition and acclaim for TIME’s 9/11 coverage.  She was the on-site photography editor in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War and coordinated all of TIME's photographic coverage of several Olympic Games

In a word, Golon is tenacious. The same tenacity she employed just to get to Manhattan from New Jersey that fateful day is but one of many examples of the determination she brings to all her endeavors. Now, as the Assistant Managing Editor and the Director of Photography at the Washington Post, she supervises all aspects of photography for the newspaper and its digital forms.

Well-traveled and worldly, her wisdom, guidance and energy is a beacon that “carries that light of photojournalism,” for all to see. 

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