Thomas E. Franklin is an award-winning photographer, multimedia journalist, documentary filmmaker, and educator. He is perhaps best known for his iconic flag-raising image taken on 9/11 at Ground Zero, for which he was a Pulitzer finalist. Tom has produced other noteworthy multimedia projects on topics such as the recent heroin epidemic in North Jersey, and toxic dumping by the Ford Motor Company on a Native American community in NJ. He is currently working on a long-term project on immigration and forced migration. In Sept. 2019, he had photo exhibit entitled SEEKING REFUGE: Images of the displaced by war, poverty, and persecution at the Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts, in Blairstown, NJ. In 2015, he joined Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media as a tenure-track assistant professor in multi-platform Journalism, after nearly 30 years in the news industry, including 23 years at The Bergen Record and Northjersey.com.