Naomi is a bilateral below the knee amputee. She has more than 25 years in the newspaper industry as an award winning photographer, videographer, photo editor and writer. She is an experienced speaker at American Press Institute, Associated Press Managing Editors Association, Associated Press Photo Managers, and Newspapers in Education engagements. Halperin served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize Competition for 2 consecutive years. She received a bachelor of fine arts in illustration and editorial design from Syracuse University.