Dirk Shadd is a Florida-based photojournalist. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Shadd worked as a staff photographer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, California before coming to the St. Petersburg Times in 1998. In addition to daily assignments, news, and photo projects, Shadd spends a considerable amount of his time photographing sports. His other interests include swimming, biking, running, and rehabbing old houses (but not all at the same time).