Ryan Michalesko is a visual journalist currently based out of Southern Illinois. This Carbondale, Illinois native derived his passion for visual storytelling from a young age and decided to further his education by attending Southern Illinois University in his hometown. Michalesko has been honored for his work by the National Press Photographer's Association, the Associated Collegiate Press and the Illinois College Press Association. He has held photography internships at the Dallas Morning News and the Peoria (Illinois) Journal Star. He currently works as a staff photographer for the university.