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Oct 15, 2014

Police say tests show teen shot by St. Louis officer had gun residue on hands

Louis (Reuters) – A black teenager fatally shot last week in St. Louis by an off-duty police officer had gunshot residue on his hands, jeans and T-shirt, according to crime lab results released on Tuesday after four days of protests in the city against police violence.

The killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers by a white officer last Wednesday intensified the demonstrations over the deadly Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Mar 25, 2014
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Yoga, butt naked

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New York, United States

By Shannon Stapleton

When I was assigned to photograph a naked yoga session my first thought was: how am I going to illustrate this in a way that people will actually be able to publish?

I had to take pictures of a room full of naked people without showing any frontal nudity, and I wanted to do the job in the most artistic way possible without allowing the images to become voyeuristic. 

May 2, 2013
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A piece of the past with the present

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New York City, NY

By Shannon Stapleton

Every time I have to cover a story related to the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center I always hope that I will be able to forget that day and the so many lives affected by the tragedy.

Today was not different. It’s a beautiful spring day and being down near the Ground Zero site was probably the last place I wanted to be. But covering one of the last pieces being hoisted onto One World Trade Center did provide a glimmer of closure.

Apr 29, 2013
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Ghost town of Superstorm Sandy

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Breezy Point, New York

By Shannon Stapleton

Driving into the city I was listening to NPR talking about it being the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

At first I couldn’t believe it had been six months already, and then I thought more about it and it seemed like years ago. The last time I was in Breezy Point and the Rockaways not much had changed.

Apr 5, 2013
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Adventures on the western frontier

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North Dakota

By Shannon Stapleton

It had been a couple months since I traveled somewhere to cover an assignment and I have to admit I was really looking to get out of town.

So when I heard that the Reuters text operation was covering a story in Williston, North Dakota on the Bakken Oil boom I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to visit a place that I had never been before. That same day I picked up the month’s edition of National Geographic and saw on the cover that one of my favorite photographers Eugene Richards had spent some time there this past summer. I was excited to embark on an adventure to the western frontier and see for myself this modern day gold rush.

Feb 8, 2013

Flights cancelled as blizzard begins to wallop northeastern U.S

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A blizzard blew into the northeastern United States on Friday, bringing whiteout conditions to some parts of New England and threatening to drop record amounts of snow around Boston.

Authorities scrambled to prepare for the storm, which had already touched off a massive traffic pile-up in southern Maine and prompted organizers of the nation’s sledding championship in Maine to postpone a race scheduled for Saturday, fearing too much snow for the competition.

Feb 8, 2013

Blizzard begins to wallop northeastern U.S.

BOSTON/NEW YORK, Feb 8 (Reuters) – A blizzard blew into the
northeastern United States on Friday, bringing whiteout
conditions to some parts of New England and threatening to drop
record amounts of snow around Boston.

Authorities scrambled to prepare for the storm, which had
already touched off a massive traffic pile-up in southern Maine
and prompted organizers of the nation’s sledding championship in
Maine to postpone a race scheduled for Saturday, fearing too
much snow for the competition.

Feb 8, 2013

Powerful blizzard takes aim at northeastern U.S.

BOSTON/NEW YORK, Feb 8 (Reuters) – The northeastern United
States braced for a possibly historic blizzard that could drop
up to three feet (nearly one meter) of snow from Friday to
Saturday and bring travel to a halt.

Blizzard warnings were in effect from New Jersey through
southern Maine, with Boston expected to bear the brunt of the
storm. The day began with light snow and winds that were due to
pick up with much heavier snowfall by afternoon.

Jul 25, 2012
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Facing tragedy in Colorado

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By Shannon Stapleton

I woke on the morning of July 20th happy and looking forward to a great weekend with my son at his last lacrosse tournament of the season.

That feeling of happiness changed quickly when I looked on the phone and it said “Can you get on a plane to Denver as soon as possible, there has been a mass shooting at the screening of Batman with 12 people dead and numerous injured.” My heart started to race and all I could think of was how just five months prior I had responded to the senseless killing of three high school students in Chardon, Ohio. A place close to my heart because it was near where I grew up and had played my last high school football in 1987.

Mar 5, 2012
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Remembering where I came from

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By Shannon Stapleton

Throughout my career I have covered my share of despair caused by senseless killings, war and natural disasters in other countries and within the United States. You become kind of jaded and realize that when you get the call to go cover one of these assignments that you are going in as a journalist and your job is to cover the reality of the situation no matter how bad it is. Little did I know that I would someday be covering such tragedy in a place around 25 miles from where I grew up.

I received the call on Tuesday to get on a plane to Chardon, Ohio, a blue collar town of 5,000 outside of Cleveland a day after the senseless shooting of five high school students, that ended with three dead by the end of the week. I boarded a plane as soon as possible and arrived in Akron, Ohio around 5:00 pm where I drove for an hour to make a candlelight vigil honoring the victims of the shootings at St. Mary’s church in Chardon, Ohio.