Award-Winning Visual Journalist Tom Costello Describes Covering the “Trump Insurrection” on SBN Newsmakers Show

Thomas P. Costello, award-winning visual journalist for USA Today Network and the Asbury Park Press, describes the experience of covering the "Trump Insurrection" at the US Capitol Jan. 6Thomas P. Costello, award-winning visual journalist for USA Today Network and the Asbury Park Press, describes the experience of covering the "Trump Insurrection" at the US Capitol Jan. 6

Award-winning photojournalist Thomas P. Costello describes his experience covering the “Trump Insurrection” Jan. 6, in which supporters of President Donald Trump, incited by Trump and other speeches, stormed the US Capitol Jan. 6 in the first sacking of the building since the British attacked the structure in 1814. Costello was at the Capitol livestreaming video for the USA Today Network, and captured memorable images of the crowd attacking the legislative branch of the US government.

Watch our interview with Costello in the player below:

About the Guest

Thomas P. Costello, Asbury Park Press Staff Photographer 02/09/2011

Tom Costello has been a staff photographer at the Asbury Park Press since 1988. His career started with daily news coverage using black and white film, transitioning to an early adopter of digital imaging and web video, to currently using a video camera as a primary storytelling tool. Tom is also an FAA licensed and flight certified as a drone pilot and his drone images have provided striking photojournalism for the Press and the other Gannett/USA Today publications.

The photojournalism bug bit Tom when he started shooting for his high school newspaper and yearbook. When he went to Rutgers his second home there was in the darkroom at the Daily Targum. This also gave him a base to start freelancing for the Associated Press, The Star-Ledger, Home News, Courier-News and the school’s Sports Information Department. While taking classes towards his Journalism degree, he worked an overnight shift on the General Desk at the Associated Press in New York City.

For more than 25 years he has served as the Production Chairman for the National Press Photographer’s Association (NPPA) Northern Short Course in Photojournalism, an annual educational program.

He is a life member of the NPPA and the New Jersey Press Photographers, as well as an Associate Member of the White House News Photographers Association. Tom was part of a team at the Asbury Park Press that was honored as a Pulitzer Prize finalist for their work on the “Tax Crush” series. Last year, he produced videos that were part of the paper’s winning entry in the National Edward R. Murrow Awards. He is a two-time winner of the New Jersey Press Association’s “Innovation” award for video coverage of high school football.

About the Author

Steve Lubetkin
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for StateBroadcastNews.com. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. In May 2019, he began anchoring and reporting for the new weekly podcast, "The CRE News Hour," a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry. From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta. He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced audio podcasts on CRE topics for the NAR Commercial Division and the CCIM Institute. Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for CEOReport.com, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies. Steve also reports on-camera and covers conferences for NJSpotlight.com, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of StateBroadcastNews.com, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC. In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996. Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional. You can email Steve at steve@statebroadcastnews.com.