NPPA 2020 Joseph Costa Award

I’m truly honored and humbled that my peers nominated me for a National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) award because of my journalist safety initiatives over the past few years. I am incredibly grateful to be the 2020 Joseph Costa Award recipient.

This is the NPPA’s second highest honor. My mission to advance safety practices and skills based education for all journalists isn’t even close to being complete, so much more to be done! I survived 20+ years in public safety because I had the best training and education on how to be proactive versus reactive to keep my team and I safe, journalists need to know these skills as well.

With deep heartfelt gratitude, Thank You.

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Chris Post is awarded the Joseph Costa Award. The Costa Award is named after NPPA’s founder and given for outstanding initiative, leadership, and service in advancing the goals of NPPA in Costa’s tradition. Post, a photojournalist at WFMZ-TV in Allentown, Pa., is recognized for outstanding dedication to advancing safety and security interests in 2020 — a particularly challenging year with a pandemic, protests, and targeted violence against journalists. Post shared information and techniques — on social media, in webinars, and via consulting — to keep his colleagues near and far safer from harm.

Post, who leads NPPA’s Safety and Security Committee, has extensive prior experience in public safety: emergency medical services (EMS) certified since 1995, a disaster communications specialist with FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue’s Pennsylvania 1 task force, and is a Hostile Environment and First Aid Training (HEFAT) trainer.

“I’m glad that I’m able to contribute back,” says Post. “I survived in public safety because I had the best training. If I can help visual journalists have longer careers and survive, it’s all worth it.”