Tammy Lechner

California, United States

Member Since: 02/11/2013


Tammy Lechner (Pedagogy/Creative non-fiction) An award-winning photojournalist for more than thirty years, she was a staff member of four newspapers, including the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Los Angeles Times. During these decades her work in both writing and photography was widely published, including three long-term documentary projects that each received Pulitzer Prize entry nominations. With the Jackson (MI) Citizen-Patriot she won best feature writing (all circ.) from Michigan UPI for a documentary project about displaced Goodyear workers (1984); with the Louisville Courier Journal she was the Kentucky Photographer of the Year (1985); and with the Los Angeles Times she shared Pulitzer Prize staff honors twice as an editor for coverage of the Los Angles riots (1992) and the Northridge earthquake (1994). Also recognized as an accomplished chronicler of professional baseball she has published the books Our Team-Our Dream: A Cubs Fan’s Journey Into Baseball’s Greatest Romance and IN THE CAL: Pastime Goes Primetime In California’s Minor League. Since 1994 she has been a partner in a small media company, STILL Productions, Inc., producing photography, writing and editing for numerous editorial and corporate clients.

Lechner earned an MFA in creative non-fiction and a post-MFA pedagogy certificate from Antioch University–Los Angeles (2013), where her critical paper “Making Order Of Memory” won the inaugural Library Research Award. She also is an honors graduate of the University of Missouri majoring in both magazine writing and photojournalism (BJ: 1980). Currently she is an adjunct professor of English at Chapman University, an affiliate professor of creative writing pedagogy at Antioch University-LA, and teaches both creative writing and photo-documentary narrative in community workshops in Laguna Beach, CA where she has resided since 1991.



Website: www.stillpro.com


  • OUR TEAM – OUR DREAM: A Cubs Fan's Journey Into Baseball's Greatest Romance , Triumph Books – Division of Random House (October 2007)
  • IN THE CAL: Pastime Goes Primetime In California's Minor League , STILL Productions, Inc (June 1994)


  • Library Research Award – Antioch University-LA(2013)
  • Staff Excellence in Photo Editing – Pictures of the Year Competition(1999)
  • Staff Pulitzer Prize (News) – Northridge earthquake coverage(1994)
  • Best Documentary – California Press Association(1993)
  • Staff Pulitzer Prize (News) – Los Angeles riots coverage(1992)
  • Best Documentary – Society of Newspaper Design(1991)
  • Kentucky Photographer of the Year – KY Press Association(1985)
  • Best Documentary – Michigan Press Association(1984)
  • Best Feature Writing – Michigan UPI(1984)
  • Best Photo of the Year – Colorado Press Association(1981)


  • Adjunct Professor – Written Inquiry at Chapman University (September 2014 - )
  • Affiliate Professor – Creative Writing Pedagogy at Antioch University – LA (December 2013 - )
  • Workshop Instructor – Creative Writing and Narrative Photography at Laguna Beach Community Center (July 2012 - )
  • Freelance writer/photographer at STILL Productions, Inc (June 1994 - )
  • Contract magazine photo editor at Freedom Communications (Orange County Register) (August 1999 - February 2004)
  • Staff photographer and editor at Los Angeles Times (August 1987 - June 1994)
  • Staff photographer and editor at Louisville (KY) Courier Journal (September 1984 - August 1987)
  • Staff photographer and editor at Jackson (MI) Citizen Patriot (November 1981 - September 1984)
  • Staff photographer and reporter at Glenwood Springs (CO) Post (January 1981 - November 1981)


  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Non-Fiction from Antioch University – Los Angeles (June 2013)
  • Certificate in Creative Writing Pedagogy from Antioch University – LA (December 2013)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Magazine and Photojournalism from University of Missouri – Columbia (December 1980)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction