Will Seberger Photojournalist Will Seberger, who gained a reputation for being one of the best and most ubiquitous photojournalists in Tucson and southern Arizona, passed away at his Tucson home on August 17, 2014. He was 33. Will was born on January 8, 1981 in Skokie, Illinois and grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Will fell in love with Arizona on a family vacation when he was 14 years old and, though he was then only entering high school, announced he would attend the University of Arizona. Four years later, after graduating from Carmel High School in Mundelein, Illinois, Will fulfilled his commitment and attended the University of Arizona where he studied journalism and photography. While at the University of Arizona he was on the staff of the Arizona Daily Wildcat and eventually served as its photo editor. While a staff member of the Arizona Daily Wildcat he met a fellow staffer, Andrea Kelly from Littleton, Colo., with whom he fell in love and married. Following graduation, Will and Andrea remained in Tucson and made it their home, each making journalism their full-time profession. Over the years, Will became an easily recognizable fixture on the Arizona political scene. His natural height enabled him to see and be easily seen at media events. His tall, lean frame and his intelligence, acerbic wit, and outgoing personality made him someone few people forgot. In recent years he gained national and international notability for covering immigration and border issues. His photos and even occasionally some of his writing were published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, numerous European newspapers, Time, Newsweek, Mother Jones, Arizona Public Media, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and most recently in Sports Illustrated. Will's journalistic interests were many and varied. He was an annual fixture at the Tucson Rodeo where he could be seen photographing the action in the arena and behind the scenes. Will also covered drug smuggling, forest fires, local, state, and national politics, and many other subjects too numerous to recount. Though he often covered and got to know many of society's rich and powerful, he relished and enjoyed most those stories in which he could cover the poor, down-trodden, and under-represented of the world, from coffee growers in Chiapas, Mexico, to herdsmen and farmers in Sudan. It was on a 2009 trip to what is now South Sudan that he was instrumental in saving the life of a badly burned local toddler. In recognition of his efforts, Will was named an honorary member of the Dinka tribe. Will was a voracious reader, and his many friends would readily concede he had an informed opinion on every conceivable subject. He could tell a story and keep his audience rapt with his often side-splitting humor and healthy cynicism. He loved the Chicago Cubs and hockey, especially his beloved Chicago Blackhawks. Will was fond of urging all of us to "gather what light you can in the world and take it with you, because there isn't much of it." Will is survived by his spouse, Andrea Kelly; his parents, Linda and Donald Seberger of Libertyville, Illinois and his brother, John Seberger of Long Beach, California. The family invites you to attend a Celebration of Will's life Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Danny's Baboquivari Lounge from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Donations to help with expenses can be sent to Wells Fargo Bank, account name Andrea Kelly, account number 6461140896, routing number 122105278. Arrangements by ANGEL VALLEY FUNERAL HOME.
Angel Valley Funeral Home
2545 N. Tucson Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85716
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Aug. 21, 2014