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Kansas City Star photographer inducted into Missouri photo hall of fame

After the final out of the 1985 World Series, won by the Kansas City Royals, George Brett (left) and pitcher Bret Saberhagen embraced, in a memorable photograph taken by Kansas City Star photographer Keith Myers.
After the final out of the 1985 World Series, won by the Kansas City Royals, George Brett (left) and pitcher Bret Saberhagen embraced, in a memorable photograph taken by Kansas City Star photographer Keith Myers. kmyers@kcstar.com

Kansas City Star photographer Keith Myers will be inducted Thursday into the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame.

Myers is one of three photographers, including Dean Curtis and Larry Williams, being inducted in the ceremony at the Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia. Curtis was formerly with the Springfield News-Leader, and Williams was formerly with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Photographs taken by the three will become part of the Hall of Fame’s collection.

Keith Myers was born in Kansas City and grew up in Platte City, where he first started taking photographs for his high school yearbook with a camera his stepbrother brought back from naval service during the Vietnam War. Photography remained a hobby, though, and Myers graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1975 with a degree in public administration. After about a year of working for the Social Security Administration he realized that photography was his first love and entered the graduate journalism program at MU, where he received a master’s degree in 1981.

Myers was a stringer for United Press International in the late 1970s, covering general assignments and the Kansas City Royals, including the 1980 World Series.

He later became a stringer for The Kansas City Times and was hired full time in 1983. His photograph from Game 7 of the 1985 World Series ran on the front page.

In 1987, Keith won a first place feature award in 45th annual Pictures of the Year competition for a photograph of prisoners with HIV. In 1990, the year the Times and Kansas City Star merged, he was named assistant photo editor — a job he says he couldn’t escape until 1995.

He returned to shooting photographs, a job where he has remained ever since.

Myers has covered political conventions, traveled to Guatemala and Mexico for a series on human trafficking, and has won numerous awards.

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