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John Markon, a winner of numerous awards for photography, news writing and page design, is a graduate of the University of Virginia. His career as a journalist began at the Charlottesville Daily Progress and continued at the Roanoke Times & World News. He's probably most associated with his tenure at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where he was a sports reporter, columnist and editor, occasionally appearing on the news and features pages as a writer and/or photographer.

He was later the night editor of the Beaufort (S.C.) Gazette, the assistant managing editor of the Idaho Falls Post-Register and the editor of both The Daily News of Longview, Washington, and the four newspapers published by Herald-Banner Publications of Greenville, Texas.

John's development as a photographer traces from his time in Longview, where his staff included two veteran professionals (one of them a Pulitzer Prize winner) who were always willing to share their opinions and the benefits of their experience. 

John and his wife Nancy live in Midlothian, Virginia. Their daughter Elizabeth and her husband Milo Oakland reside in Charlottesville with their daughters Zoe, a 2018 arrival, and Emi, born in 2021.

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