Photojournalist Molly Corfman investigates the heroin epidemic in Sandusky County in an award-winning series of in-depth videos. Hear recovering addicts, families, and law enforcement tell their stories.
Diontae “Tae” Smith of Port Clinton had just turned four when he was diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma, a form of aggressive brain cancer with a low survival rate, generally considered incurable. Follow him in the fight of his life in photojournalist Molly Corfman’s award-winning videography series.
Molly Corfman has been a photojournalist with the Denver Post, Orange County Register, The (Toledo) Blade, (Wood County, Ohio) Sentinel-Tribune, (Fremont, Ohio) The News-Messenger and (Port Clinton, Ohio) News Herald.
2018 Winner of 8 Ohio Associated Press Media Editor awards for the third year in a row, including best photographer
May 5, 2019 – Photojournalist/videographer Molly Corfman has won eight Associated Press Media Editor awards for the third year in a row, including best photographer, for her work in The News-Messenger in Fremont and News Herald in Port Clinton.
Corfman won first place awards for her video “Son torn from father during ICE raid” and digital project “Ottawa County’s battle with addiction.
Judges wrote comments for best video, “Great story and use of stills and interview video. It’s a story I don’t think many people in the Midwest realize is actually happening. The images and video tell a compelling story.”
She won second place awards for best photographer, best video, and best photo story. She won third place awards for best photo story, best sports photo and best digital project.
2017 Winner of 8 Ohio Associated Press Media Editor awards including best graphics artist
March 30, 2018 – Photojournalist/videographer Molly Corfman has won eight Associated Press Media Editor awards for her work in The News-Messenger in Fremont and News Herald in Port Clinton, including third place for best graphics artist.
Visual illustrations and marketing material for her videography projects on suicide, heroin and WWII veterans earned her best graphic design awards. The judges comments for best graphics artist said, “The use of the ‘men and women shapes’ gave a great visual impact on the increasing negative effects of drug overdoses. Helped send a powerful message instead of just using numbers.”
Corfman won first place for best video for her length film “Suicide: surviving crisis.” Judges comments said, “I was very impressed by the quality of this video. The interviews were informative and in-depth. The variety of sources provided a unique perspective on this issue. The production quality was very good. Clearly a lot of time and effort went into making this video.”
She won second place for best video for her 11-video series “Heroin’s unrelenting grip.” Judges comments said, “This video series works very well as a companion to the series of stories on the heroin crisis. I enjoyed that each video told a different story or provided distinctive information to the viewer.”
Corfman won first place for best sports photograph with a wrestling team’s reaction to pulling ahead in their first lead of the night. Judges comments said, “A combination of great composition, photographer positioning and timing made this image stand out from the pack as it simultaneously captured the action on the mat and the team’s reaction in a big moment.”
Full-length documentary films
Molly Corfman has been a photojournalist with the (Bowling Green, Ohio) Sentinel-Tribune, (Fremont, Ohio) The News-Messenger and (Port Clinton, Ohio) News Herald. She interned as a photojournalist with the Denver Post, Orange County Register, and The (Toledo) Blade.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from Kent State University, and is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and the Ohio News Photographers Association.
Molly lives her life through her viewfinder. She asks “Why?” after each new answer, learning as much as she can, while visually communicating it all. She photographs for her own curiosity, assuming no expectations, and watches the story reveal itself.
She enjoys visually taking people where they cannot go themselves, preserving fleeting moments, frame by frame, that we will one day call history. Molly hopes that through her photographs future generations will be able to share the joy and sorrow of the world happening around us right now.
Molly’s photography has been published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and London Observer among numerous other print publications. Online her photographs have appeared on MSNBC.com, ESPN.com, CBSnews.com, ABCnews.com and other online publications. She has been awarded by The National Press Photographers Association, Ohio News Photographers Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Press Managing Editors, Hearst Journalism Awards Program, USA Today Network Journalism awards, Media Network of Central Ohio and Ohio Public Images.
Molly served as a judge for the USA TODAY Network Journalism Awards 2018 digital storytelling category.