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Wednesday, May 17th, 2023

7:30 – 9:00 AM, Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center


Fremson spent a year exploring the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted and traveling across the country. The photojournalism project was published online and given a special section of its own in the NYT print edition on what would have been Olmsted’s 200th birthday, April 26, 2022. Fremson visited Louisville and included photos of Cherokee, Iroquois, and Shawnee parks in her piece with Big Rock in Cherokee Park making the cover of The New York Times.

Ruth began her career in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Times in 1988. She then moved to the Associated Press in Charlotte, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and Jerusalem. During her time with the AP, she covered wide-ranging topics such as the Olympics in Atlanta, the Pope’s visit to Cuba, the end of the war in Bosnia, the U.S.’s reinstatement of Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power in Haiti, the Clinton White House, Princess Diana’s funeral, the Mideast conflict and the war in Kosovo. 

A native New Yorker, Fremson likes to say the New York Times brought her back to work at her ‘hometown’ paper. Her first decade at the NYT included coverage of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, its aftermath in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Salt Lake City Olympics, the second Intifada in the middle east, and the war in Iraq as well as numerous political campaigns. In 2007 Fremson transitioned from international conflict to covering stories in India as it continued to rapidly evolve. Fremson spent a year in New York documenting the life of a homeless child, Dasani, in 2013, which helped change New York City’s policy towards homeless children. In 2015 Fremson left Manhattan for another island, near Seattle, WA, where she lives with her husband, aerial photographer, John Scurlock, and their two cats, Sprinkles and Birdie. 

In one quick hour, guests have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with more than 500+ attendees;
  • Network with peers from the business community;
  • Celebrate the treasured, nationally-significant Olmsted Parks;
  • Learn about the value Olmsted Parks Conservancy brings to the community; and
  • Support the Olmsted Parks by becoming a Conservancy member.
Ruth Fremson
Ruth Fremson

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