By Chris Conroy
KFVS12 Vice President and General Manager
Famed American Photojournalist Eve Arnold once said: "If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given." Many people would agree that Southeast Missourian Photojournalist Fred Lynch fits that quote.
Over the past 43 years, Fred Lynch has documented history across the Heartland. Let's think about some of the things he's seen over the decades. Presidential candidates, floods, blizzards, the demolition of the old Mississippi River Bridge and the opening of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge, and many historic aspects of KFVS over the years.
He always has a unique look at people and events. His photos and blogs have documented the triumphs and tragedies that have left their mark on the Heartland.
Fred was hired in 1975 at the Southeast Missourian. Think about that, his first full time job and he loved his job so much that he never left. You don't see that kind of dedication much anymore.
This week, Fred retires. Notice I didn't say he's hanging up his camera because a true photojournalist simply can't do that. Fred recently told longtime friend and KFVS journalist Don Frazier, "I have been living my subjects' lives for 42 years, I'm now going to live mine."
To Fred Lynch and the Southeast Missourian, I say congratulations and nice run. It's our hope that you keep looking through that lens and bringing us the world the way you see it. Fred Lynch's long career of service to the art of journalism makes this A Better Heartland.