Staff Photographer Mike Simons just won a national award for one of the portraits in this series. It's the one of Willie Lee Cox in Nowata. 

"The moments between the assignments are my favorite part of this job. Some of the people I see as I travel the city from one assignment to another stop me in my tracks. I just have to stop and talk, and find out a little bit about them. They seem just too interesting to pass up. Most of the time they let me take their photo, sometimes they don’t. Either way, I love talking to strangers." — Tulsa World Staff Photographer Mike Simons

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Staff Photographer

Mike has worked for the Tulsa World from 1995-2000 and from 2005-present. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Photographic Arts/Journalism. He lives in Owasso with his wife Brandi and daughters Sonnie and Sarah.