Steve Ringman is a general assignment photographer for The Seattle Times, where he often shoots stories about environmental issues including climate change, disappearing fish and troubled forests. A native of Washington State, he first worked for The San Francisco Chronicle where he teamed with Randy Shilts for a year and documented people with AIDS as part of the country's first significant newspaper coverage of that health crisis. He also covered the Sandinista-Contra war, aging issues and the rise of indigent hotels in San Francisco's Tenderloin District. In Seattle, Ringman has traveled to the Arctic covering climate change, and to Africa to document efforts to eradicate malaria. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography, Ringman was twice named national Newspaper Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association and was a co-winner of the 2009 Knight Foundation's Risser Award for environmental reporting. In the past five years, Steve has honed his multimedia skills, shooting video along with stills, and was the videographer and photographer on a three-person team that won 2012's online reporting award from The American Association for the Advancement of Science.