Alumni News: Craig Schaffer ’98 Wins Two Keystone Press Awards

July 10, 2014

Alumnus Craig Schaffer ’98 (BFA Illustration) recently won two Keystone Press Awards from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association for his exceptional visual journalism work! The association awarded him 1st place for his illustration work on the Reading Eagle’s 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg series “Hell and High Water.” The historical series by reporter Ron Devlin, photographer Jeremy Drey and artist Craig Schaffer also won 1st place. Schaffer has previously won five Keystone awards for his illustration and graphic design work for several suburban PA newspapers.

Schaffer has worked for the Reading Eagle Company for the past 10 years as a designer and illustrator and was recently promoted to visual journalist in 2013. He illustrates a statistical weekly column, Snapshot, for Business Weekly and draws another column, Sketchbook, about wildlife for “Berks Country.” Both are Reading Eagle publications. Schaffer’s position as a visual journalist is rare in the industry and no other artist is known to have an illustrated column in a US newspaper. His work can be found on his website

– Courtesy of Craig Schaffer