Steve Ruark, an award-winning, Baltimore-based photojournalist, shoots news, features, portraits and sports for the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, Patuxent Publishing Company and other newspapers and magazines throughout the world. His work also appears frequently on prominent news Web sites.

In addition to his work for leading news publications, Ruark provides photography to various corporations and non-profit organizations.

Ruark returned to his hometown of Baltimore in 2002 to begin his freelance career after working as a staff photographer at The Jackson Sun, a daily newspaper in Jackson, Tenn. His work has earned numerous awards from prestigious organizations including the Associated Press and the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association.

Ruark, a graduate of the Gilman School in Baltimore, received his Bachelor of Science degree in photojournalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 2000.

While attending college, he worked as a photographer and photo editor at The Daily Orange, an independent student-run daily newspaper. From there, he moved on to paid internship positions at The Syracuse Newspapers and The (Baltimore) Sun.

Baltimore Sun award-winning video by Chris Assaf:

Radio interview with The Takeaway's Celeste Headlee:

Radio interview with Bob Edwards on Sirius/XM radio at the 8:45 mark of the audio file:,%20Steve%20Ruark%20extended%20interview