7th March 2001




Celebrated Fleet Street snapper Mike Maloney is to add an honorary degree from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside to his 96 other awards.


And he says this tribute from the university of his home city is more important to him than all the other awards he has received throughout his glittering career.


“This means more to me than any of the other awards I’ve had because it comes from the city of my birth,” said Mike (50), Group Chief Photographer at Mirror Group Newspapers, who began his career as a freelance photographer shooting pictures for the Lincolnshire Chronicle and the Lincolnshire Echo.


“I’ve just been given a lifetime achievement award by the big Japanese photographic companies, but getting an honorary degree from the university in Lincoln will mean for me to me.”


“It’s a great honour for me to be recognised like this and I’m very excited about it.”


Mike went to school in Lincoln and became interested in photography as a youngster after his father bought him a Kodak camera for his tenth birthday. He freelanced in Lincoln before taking the plunge and moving down to London in 1972 to work as a showbusiness photographer on the London Evening News.


His first major assignment was to cover Noel Coward’s birthday party at the Savoy. Since then he has travelled the world photographing personalities ranging from Max Bygraves and Shirley Bassey to Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan.


He will receive his honorary doctorate of arts at the university’s graduation ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral on Thursday 19th July 2001.


“We are pleased to be able to pay tribute to a Lincoln man who is recognised as an outstanding practitioner in the field and who has done so much to encourage young people to follow in his footsteps,” commented university graduation manager Rebecca Hubbard.


Photograph available. For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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