Award-winning Kansas City Star photojournalist Mike Ransdell will be departing the McClatchy-owned newspaper after 12 years to start his own video production company, sources have told Bottom Line.
His last day will be October 12.
Ransdell will also do high-end wedding films at ”One Tree Studios.”
“Mike has been a big contributor to the photo team and has provided his talents to many projects including some notable achievements of this summer’s drought coverage, a multi-day series on the gangs of Kansas City, the disappearance of baby Lisa, coverage of the Chiefs, Royals and college sports and let’s not forget the 12 cats of Christmas,” noted a memo to Star newsroom staffers.
Ransdell earned the honor of NPPA Region 7 photographer of the year while at the Star and has spent most of his time the past few years shooting video for The Star. He recently won The Kansas Press Association’s Awards of Excellence 2012: First Place for Best Online Video News for his coverage in Joplin.