Benefit Planned for Member Ken Papaleo

RMOWP member Ken Papaleo, a Denver area resident who was a photographer with the Rocky Mountain News for 28 years, winning two Pulitzer Prizes along the way, was recently diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a rare bone marrow cancer. His condition is terminal and he will be undergoing chemo treatment indefinitely.

Ken Papaleo at Ouray Conference
Ken Papaleo about to begin his presentation at the Ouray conference. © Diane McKinley

Ken’s friends are holding a silent photo auction and requesting monetary donations, with funds raised to be used to enable his wife to take a year off from work to help Ken and spend some quality time with him.

RMOWP members in the Denver area will have known Ken through his work with the Rocky Mountain News, and those who attended the 2015 conference in Ouray, Colorado, will remember meeting Ken and watching his presentation, “The Evolution of a Professional Photographer.”

The silent auction is planned at the Denver Press Club, October 7 from 6 to 10 p.m., and donations of framed photographs can be sent by September 20 to Helen Richardson, Denver Post – Photo Department, 101 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80202. Those wishing to make monetary donations and learn more about Ken can go to