Iconic 911 “Heroes” photo by Thomas E. Franklin
Did you know that this famous 911 photograph was taken by a Purchase alum?
Thomas E. Franklin (Class of ’88) was a VA photography student at Purchase and segued into newspaper journalism after graduating as a way to make a living. He’s had an enviable career – just this month he was “outed” as one of the judges for the Pulitzer Prize in journalism, a tremendous honor (that’s supposed to be a secret!). He was back on campus Monday talking to students from the journalism program about his extensive career as an award-winning photojournalist, and fondly recalling his years at Purchase (scroll down to see pictures from back then).
Tom Franklin with journalism students (l to r) Samantha Stone, Tanira Wiggins, Lindsay Wilson and Corinne Santiago.
It’s been a decade since Tom Giglio (Class of 2003) was a student in the Purchase journalism program. A decade! And he’s got a laundry list of impressive war stories to tell about his career in television since he graduated as a political science/journalism double major.
On Thursday he came back to tell those stories to students in my Journalism 1 class, and Professor Breen’s Journalism class too.
“I wanted to give back,” said Tom, who now works as a freelance casting producer under the banner of Just A Giglio Productions. He’s worked at Brooklyn Community Access Television, Court TV, ABC News, and been involved in some great shows including House Hunters International, which impressed the heck out of me and the students in my class.(Who knew students watched shows about house-buying!)