National Geographic : 1986 May
On Assignment BY WILLIAM T. DOUTHITT(ABOVE);KEVIN T. GILBERT MARRIED TO A FOOTLOOSE LIFE, journalistic couples have produced some of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S most memorable coverage since the magazine's earliest days, when Elsie May Bell Grosve nor accompanied Editor Gilbert H. Grosvenor to far corners of the earth. To day, however, a shared profession is often shared at a distance, as GEOGRAPHIC illus trations editor Bill Douthitt learned after his marriage to free-lance photographer Karen Kasmauski three years ago. Bill left his desk job for several months to undertake a photo assignment on the Sus quehanna River, where he documented sci entists monitoring water pollution (right), for the March 1985 issue. Soon after, Karen was prowling Hampton Roads, Virginia, for an article in July 1985 and then began coverage of Tennessee (above) for the story in this issue. Like many photographers, the cou ple are driven by a curiosity about other people's lives and a desire to "broaden our own experience through the medium of photography," says Bill. "We both grew up in military families and were used to separa tion and moving into new situations," adds Karen, "so we understand each other." And if trying to be together in this commuter marriage means spending a lot of time in the Atlanta airport, as Bill says, "So be it."