John Beale


John Beale

Associate Teaching Professor Emeritus




Drones for Photography



John Beale brought decades of award-winning experience to the classroom where he taught students to produce compelling still images and videos.

Prior to coming to Penn State, Beale worked as a staff photographer and chief photographer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Beale's freelance work, including assignments for The Associated Press and, has been widely published throughout the U.S. and beyond on websites, and in newspapers, magazines, and books. Since 2016 he’s been an FAA-certified drone pilot, utilizing the latest technology for capturing still photos and video for publication and broadcast.

In 2017, Beale was one of six professors chosen from those teaching at Penn State’s 20 campuses to be awarded the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2010 he received the College of Communications Deans’ Excellence Award for Integrated Scholarship.

Beale has served as a judge for numerous national, regional, and state journalism competitions. Through his work as a board member for the Pennsylvania School Press Association, he was instrumental in the establishment of annual regional and state high school journalism education days and competitions in Pennsylvania. He was a founding faculty member and coordinator of the Keystone Multimedia Workshop, which provided video training for Pennsylvania journalists and communicators for 12 years.

John Beale's work has been recognized with dozens of regional and national accolades, including awards from the National Press Photographers Best of Photojournalism competition, the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Awards, Pictures of the Year International awards, the Community Service Photojournalism Award from the American Society of News Editors, the Society for News Design awards, and photo of the year from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Beale is a member of the AEJMC Visual Communication Division, the National Press Photographers Association, and the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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