Mike Gullett was the president of his fifth grade’s camera club. A camera was usually close by for several years after that, but there was no plans of a career in the news business. He obtained an A.A. in Social Science from Labette Community College with no idea what he wanted to do when he grew up. After getting laid off his first manual labor job out of college, he took a night class in photography from LCC and the light bulb finally turned on.
He headed to Lawrence, KS, and graduated with a B.S. from The University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism. He worked at two newspapers in Kansas, The Ottawa Herald and Parsons Sun as a photojournalist before moving to Las Vegas, NV, after news business burn out. A year out of journalism brought the desire to tell stories with photographs back. The next stop was Kansas at the Chanute Tribune for seven years and then to the Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO, working again as a photojournalist. He began teaching night photo classes as an adjunct in the Communication Department at Missouri Southern State University. After 12 years at The Globe, he started teaching photojournalism in the Communication Department at Pittsburg State University in 2000. He received his M.A. in Communication in 2001, from PSU and continues to teach there as an Associate Professor/Photojournalism.
He continues to work as a freelance photographer for The Associate Press, USA Today, Missouri Southern State University’s Public Information and Sports Information Departments, American Profile Magazine, and other editorial publication clients.
His dream was to live in the mountains, have a studio with north windows for beautiful natural light, and do a couple of assignments a year for National Geographic. Although none of that came to fruition, he was able to pursue his passion as a photojournalist and raise a family.