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Photojournalism: Darryl Heikes

Darryl Heikes with President Jimmy Carter
Darryl Heikes and Jimmy Carter photo by Jack Kightlinger

Darryl Heikes began his career in photojournalism taking photographs for the Salina High School newspaper in Kansas. While a student at Kansas State University, Heikes was a stringer for United Press International (UPI), Associated Press, the Kansas City Star, the Topeka Capital Journal, and the Salina Journal. Heikes became a staff photographer for UPI in 1961. For the next twenty years he worked at the bureaus in Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Madison, and Minneapolis, before working at the Washington, D.C., bureau for fourteen years.

In 1981, Heikes began covering the White House for U.S. News and World Report. He traveled with presidents Johnson and Nixon. He covered numerous milestone events in international affairs, including President Carter’s Middle East shuttle diplomacy, President Reagan’s Finland summit with Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, and President Clinton’s summits with Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Heikes also covered a number of national political campaigns, including those of George McGovern and Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.

Heikes donated his archive to the Briscoe Center in 2006.

Finding aid for the Darryl Heikes Photographic Archive
Darryl Heikes Gallery
Photojournalism (Collection Strengths)
News Media History (Collection Strengths)