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Capturing Your Story Through The Lens

Award-winning photographer Randy Pench spent 39 years working as a photojournalist, first at the News Chronicle in Thousand Oaks Calif. (1979-82) and then at the The Sacramento Bee (1982-2018). During that time Randy documented a diverse cross-section of life in Northern Calif. He has photographed from helicopters, airplanes, inside court rooms, operating rooms, prisons

Randy covered the Loma Prieta, Northridge, Napa and Ferndale earthquakes, and many devastating fires including Yellowstone, Oakland Hills, Napa, Sonoma, San Diego and others throughout the West. He also covered the Oroville Dam crisis and many other tragic flood events in the Sacramento region and North Dakota. He photographed five Super Bowls, six World Series, the Sacramento Kings, and many college and high school sporting events.and has traveled on assignment to Israel, Hong Kong, Alaska, Mexico, Canada and almost every state in the U.S. and has photographed every President since Jimmy Carter.

“My experience as a photojournalist was nothing but extraordinary. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to document the everyday process of people’s lives as they went through the many good and bad times that life brings,” said Randy.

Randy grew up in Los Angeles where he attended Los Angeles Pierce College and Long Beach State where he received his Bachelor of Arts in photojournalism.

He also has taught photojournalism at Sacramento City, Cosumnes River and Sierra colleges.

He continues to enjoy photographing people and events, now as a freelance photographer.

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