Nate Billings never planned to become a photojournalist. He took pictures as a hobby growing up and worked as an assistant for his father, a commercial still and video photographer, but chose to study English Literature in college. Billings did not consider photography as a career until he was offered a summer internship at The Oklahoman in 2000 while working as the photo editor at Oklahoma State University's student newspaper, The Daily O'Collegian. He stayed on at The Oklahoman when offered a job in the fall, saying he would keep working in photojournalism as long as he was having fun. And, he still is. Billings graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla., and earned his bachelor's degree from OSU and his master's in English from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Steve Sisney—married Brenda Joyce (Pierce) of Velma, Oklahoma in 1977. They have three children—Brent, Jason, and Tana; and four grandchildren. Sisney has been a staff photographer for The Oklahoman since 1987. He has photographed presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush and covered the Republican National Convention in New York City in 2004. He has covered notables The Rolling Stones, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Wernher Von Braun, Charlton Heston, Virginia Madsen, Tom Selleck, Michael Douglas, Mike Douglas, Sarah, Duchess of York, David, Robert and Keith Carradine, Ernest Borgnine and Dennis Weaver. He has been on the sidelines shooting the University of Oklahoma’s football team in three National Championship bowl games including the 2000 game (which they won). He was on site at the Oklahoma City Murrah Building bombing within 20 minutes of the blast and had nine photographs in the official commemorative volume “In Their Name.”
Bryan Terry is a native of Oklahoma and is a graduate of Yukon High School. He first picked up a camera while attending the University of Central Oklahoma. After working for the school newspaper, The Vista, he interned at The Oklahoman. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Photographic Arts and joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 1999.