The Look in Brief

Biden inspects Western Kentucky tornado damage

By: and - December 16, 2021 1:25 pm
Two Amish men continue their routine of delivering milk, while an American flag flies at half staff. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Two Amish men deliver meals while an American flag flies at half staff. (Photo: John Partipilo)

President Joe Biden visited Dawson Springs, Kentucky on Wednesday as part of a tour of areas damaged by powerful storms over the weekend.

Photojournalist John Partipilo was also in Dawson Springs, documenting the devastation.

Former Kentucky governor Steve Beshear, father of current Gov. Andy Beshear, hails from the small town, where 12 people died in the storms.

Dawson Springs has a high poverty rate, with median income of for Dawson Springs households is $22,670. The per capita income is $14,650. About a quarter of all families live under the poverty line and with many homes in the area leveled, rebuilding is uncertain.

Partipilo trained his camera on the human elements of the storm, including a resident hurt by flying debris during the Saturday morning storm, two Amish men delivering milk through a wasteland of broken and splintered trees and residents posting signs telling looters to stay away.

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John Partipilo
John Partipilo

Working as a photojournalist for 40 years, Partipilo has won awards such as NPPA Best of Photojournalism and nominated for two Pulitzers. His photography has also been featured in national and international publications. Most importantly Partipilo’s work is about people — people in their different environments and people in their different stages of life. That’s the heart of his work. To him people are so important, because they all have a unique story.

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Holly McCall
Holly McCall

Holly McCall has been a fixture in Tennessee media and politics for decades. She covered city hall for papers in Columbus, Ohio and Joplin, Missouri before returning to Tennessee with the Nashville Business Journal. She has served as political analyst for WZTV Fox 17 and provided communications consulting for political campaigns at all levels, from city council to presidential. Holly brings a deep wealth of knowledge about Tennessee’s political processes and players and likes nothing better than getting into the weeds of how political deals are made.

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