Mayor-elect Jean Stothert celebrates election results with, from left, campaign staffer TJ Ewin, political director Rod Edwards, and good friend Shirley Demetri, in red, at the German-American Society hall in Omaha. Stothert outpolled incumbent Mayor Jim Suttle in Florence, Benson and South Omaha, which have Democratic majorities, and crushed him in the Republican western suburbs. ALYSSA SCHUKAR/THE WORLD-HERALD
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.