Nebraska Authors

Rudy Smith

Born 1945-01-06 Philadelphia, PA

Died 2019-12-05
Omaha, NE

Smith was an award winning photojournalist with the Omaha World Herald, documenting news events for 45 years. During a tumultuous time of Civil Rights reform in the United States, Smith photographed protests, marches, and riots, as well as local sporting events and athletes.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE


University of Nebraska Omaha


Newspaper Editor

Places Worked

Omaha World Herald
University of Nebraska Omaha


Received the NAACP Freedom Fighter Service Award in 2013
Inducted into the Nebraska Black Sports Hall of Fame in 2007
Received the College of Communication Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2008.


The Black Experience: Through the Lens of Rudy Smith. 2020.

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