Saturday, March 7, 2015

Remembering, Happy Who Endure

One of my favorite projects I worked on during my career as a photojournalist was, Happy Who Endure. I recently found a blogpost written by the report, Elliot Blackburn. These are his words regarding the story:

This is the story of Maria Gil, a working-poor single mom trying to make a life in Lubbock with her four-year-old daughter. Photojournalist Geoffrey McAllister introduced me to Maria in July 2009. She allowed us to follow her through some extremely difficult times. Read it here at (Note, the following PDF file is from our proofs, hence the headline quirk.)

Maintaining ethical distance as a four-year-old risked homelessness offered us some of the most difficult decisions I’ve faced as a journalist. The writing, too, posed challenges — showing the true Maria, a flawed mother whose decisions at times undermined her efforts. Much of the reporting was done in our spare time; Geoffrey and I would peel away from our normal beat responsibilities or on weekends as another piece of Maria’s story unfolded. Our reward was work that showed a side of Lubbock few readers seemed to believe existed, and faced by far more residents than many realized.
Happy Who Endure received first place for feature writing in the Texas Press Association’s 2010 Better Newspaper Contest. Geoffrey McAllister received first place in the Morris Journalism Excellence Awards for photography tied to the story. The in-chain awards judges also awarded an honorable mention for writing.

Friday, March 23, 2012

President Barack Obama, "I come in peace."

President Barack Obama waves from Air Force One before leaving the Roswell International Air Center in Roswell, N.M., Wednesday, March 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Geoffrey McAllister)
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ROSWELL, N.M. - President Barack Obama told this city fabled in UFO lore and legend Thursday: "I come in peace." The president was visiting Roswell to talk about his energy policy. ... [click HERE to continue reading this article by Lee Roop of The Huntsville Times]
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The Associated Press called me Tuesday afternoon and assigned me to drive to Roswell, N.M. (180 miles from Lubbock) to photograph President Barack Obama's arrival and departure from the Roswell International Air Center.  He arrived in Air Force One and then flew in Marine One to nearby Maljamar, N.M. to talk about about the country's increased oil production on federal lands.  I'd say the most unique part of the assignment was the instructions to always have my camera trained on the president's airplane, helicopter, or person as long as it was in sight.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

TTU loses to Texas in OT

Texas Tech against Texas during the finals seconds of their overtime loss, 71-67, Saturday at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock. (Photos by Geoffrey McAllister)

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"The demons that have haunted Texas Tech all season long wreaked havoc at the worst possible time on Saturday.

Tech led by six points with a little more than two minutes left in overtime against Texas at United Spirit Arena, but four straight turnovers — including two crippling miscues with less than 15 seconds left — doomed the Red Raiders in a 71-67 loss.

This one stung."... continue reading Nick Kosmider's story, Tech men fall to Texas in overtime, 71-67

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Global warming evangelist - for the Chicago Tribune

Katharine Hayhoe (cq) spoke about climate change to students and faculty at Wayland Baptist University Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, in Plainview, Tex. Hayhoe is an evangelical Christian and a professor in the Department of Geosciences at Texas Tech University.
(Geoffrey McAllister/for the Chicago Tribune)

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December 07, 2011|By Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Lubbock, Texas

When Katharine Hayhoe was faced with telling a group of petroleum engineers in the heart of the Texas oil patch that the main culprit for climate change is humanity's consumption of fossil fuels, she expected pushback."Aren't you scientists just in this for the money?" one older man asked — the latest insult after a string of anonymous emails asserting that she and other climatologists were corrupt liars. {Continue reading the story on}

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

portrait for USA Today

10/15/11 10:42:03 AM -- Portales, NM, U.S.A
 -- Alan Tipps, a corporate pilot, has been laid off three times in the past four years,
and says that’s forced him to burn through what was in his 401(k) account. -- Photo by Geoffrey McAllister, for USA Today

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Pastor Sex-Ed

Recent favorites from a shoot for who was writing the story for the New York Times.

Lead Pastor Ed Ainsworth at Generations Church on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Lubbock, Texas.  Pastor (Sex-Ed) Ainsworth travels the country teaching abstinence-only sex education.
Read the related article HERE

Monday, May 23, 2011

16' 6"

Amarillo's Chase Wolfle celebrates after clearing 16 feet 6 inches in the Region I-5A pole vault Monday, May 02, 2011, during the Region I-5A and I-3A track state qualifying meet at Fuller Track Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. (Geoffrey McAllister/for the Amarillo Globe-News)

Friday, July 23, 2010


Trey Lorimer, 4, eats a peanut butter cracker on his front porch, Monday, July 19, 2010, in Wolfforth. Trey, his two brothers, and his parents, have lived in this mobile home for four years, but will soon receive a new, donated trailer from St. Luke's Lubbock church. Members of the congregation provided man power as they filled over four dumpsters cleaning the property.

Monday, July 19, 2010. (Geoffrey McAllister/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)

April Ellibee, left, cleans her property along side members of St. Luke's Lubbock church Robin Wolfington and Jon Lamerson, Monday, July 19, 2010. St. Luke's Lubbock helping clean Ellibee's property and donating a new trailer for her and her family. Ellibee, her husband, and their three kids have lived in the trailer for four years.

Monday, July 19, 2010. (Geoffrey McAllister/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)

April Ellibee, center, is seen working along side members of St. Luke's Lubbock church from her kitchen window, Monday, July 19, 2010. St. Luke's Lubbock is cleaning the property and donating a new trailer for Ellibee and her family. Ellibee, her husband, and their three kids have lived in the trailer for four years.

Monday, July 19, 2010. (Geoffrey McAllister/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)

Read Kellie Bramlet's related story HERE.