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National Geographic Photographer Annie Griffiths On Work-Life Balance

National Geographic staff photographer Annie Griffiths says she's "learned that even without a shared language, it’s easy to let people know that their children are beautiful, their homes are lovely…and that their stories are worth sharing with the world.”

Click on the picture for a slideshow of Griffith's photos.

As one of National Geographic’s first female staff photographers, Annie Griffiths has worked on every continent except Antarctica, while also raising two children. Perhaps the only professional photographer ever to pack her camera gear in Pampers, she found a way to stay close to her kids without putting the brakes on her career—even if it meant bringing the two along with her on assignment in places as distant as the ruins of Petra in Jordan or the Galápagos Islands.

Thursday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Griffiths about being a photographer on assignment for National Geographic magazine, and how she balances work and family.

Are you a parent who travels to places far and wide for your work?  How do you balance your work and family life? We'd like to hear from you.  You can post below, post comments on KCUR's Facebook page, email us at or Tweet us at @KCURUpToDate.

Photographer Annie Griffiths presents ‘A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel’ on Tuesday February 28 at the Kauffman Center's Helzberg Hall. Click here for more information and tickets.


After growing up on the east coast and spending his first professional years in classical music, Stephen moved to Kansas City in 1995 expecting to leave after a few years. (Clearly that didn't happen.) More than two decades and three kids later, he doesn't regret his decision to stick around. Stephen began his career in public radio as a classical music host. As the founding producer of Up to Date with Steve Kraske, he received a number of local and national awards for his work on the program. Since 2014 he's overseen KCUR's broadcast operations. When Stephen isn't at KCUR's studios, he's probably adding more stamps to his passport with his KU professor wife and their three kids. His son almost made him cry during a drive through the Rockies when he said at age 8: "Dad, can we listen to public radio?" Sniff sniff.
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.