Visual Journalist, The Indianapolis Star
Robert Scheer was raised in California and fell in love with photojournalism while earning his biology degree. After working at several small Northern California newspapers, he joined the Indianapolis Star as a staff photographer in 1998, where he is currently. An early advocate for newspaper video, his work has sent him to news and sporting events in Iraq, Greece, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, and most large cities of the United States.
In recent years, he has worked on IndyStar projects about the largely unregulated deer breeding industry, the growing trend of deaths inside Indiana’s county-run jails, and helped break major investigations on USA Gymnastics and disgraced team doctor Larry Nassar. In 2021, Scheer pitched and helped launch a major newsroom initiative called the 317 Project, a long-term series that showcases often-overlooked stories in Indianapolis. Scheer has worked as an adjunct college professor, volunteers as an ESL tutor, and does outdoor things like cycling and backpacking.