Week in Pictures: Bison, a presidential visit and a new Omaha police chief

Recent wildfires affect the bison population in the Sand Hills, President Barack Obama visits Council Bluffs and Todd Schmaderer is named the new Omaha police chief in the World-Herald Week in Pictures: Aug. 13-19, 2012.

A surplus of dry dust and ash is kicked up as a herd of bison react to the presence of Nature Conservancy of Nebraska employees, who, along with help from volunteers and neighbors, cull 126 yearling and 2-year-old bison at the Niobrara Valley Preserve on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. ALYSSA SCHUKAR/THE WORLD-HERALD


See last week’s pictures: World-Herald Week in Pictures: Aug. 6-12, 2012.

Alyssa Schukar

About Alyssa Schukar

I have been a staff photojournalist at the Omaha World-Herald since September 2008. I'm from Lincoln and am a 2006 graduate of the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Previously, I worked as an assistant at Malone and Co., a commercial photography studio in Omaha. My favorite pictures are those that give insight on the life of an individual or family because I understand the world better through the experiences of the people I meet. It's always humbling to be allowed such intimate access. My most challenging assignments come in many forms. Funerals, especially those of soldiers, always are emotionally draining, but I try to approach people with respect and dignity. In my time at the paper, I have covered a wide variety of assignments, including the Nebraska and Iowa National Guard's deployments in Afghanistan, Husker football at home and away, portraits of wigs big and small, rodeo queen competitions and intimate views of everyday life and love. Follow me on twitter @OWHalyssa.
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