Careful readers of the Forest Park Review will notice a change in the credit line under our photos. A name you occasionally saw listed with “/Contributor” – Jason Geil – is now listed as “/Staff Photographer.” That’s not a typo.
Frank Pinc, our staff photographer since 1994, has retired, telling us he needs to start spending more time with his grandkids. Aug. 31 was the last day on the job for Frank, a much-beloved face of our papers in all the communities we cover. As of Sept. 3, Jason Geil, a new Oak Parker and a frequent freelancer for us in the last year and a half, is our staff photographer.
Jason Geil was staff photographer at The Cincinnati Post until Dec. 31, 2007, when the last issue of this newspaper rolled off the presses. Before his three and a half years with the afternoon daily in Cincinnati, Jason did freelance work for Rolling Stone, Getty Images, the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.
Since leaving Cincinnati, Jason has done freelance work for Wednesday Journal’s group of papers and for the Chicago Sun-Times, the Daily Herald, and USA Today. Last year, he helped create and develop www.WeSay.com, a national news Web site devoted to professional and amateur photography.
While working on the school paper at the University of Cincinnati, Jason met an Oak Park and River Forest High School graduate named Erica Hansen. On the Fourth of July this year, Jason and Erica got married in Oak Park. They moved to the village in August. Erica’s mother, Kathy Hansen, is circulation manager at Wednesday Journal.
– Helen Karakoudas