Bill Snead, an award-winning news photographer from Kansas whose career included covering wars and national political conventions, has died. He was 78.

Snead's wife, Dona (DOH-nuh) Snead, said Monday that Snead died at his Lawrence home Sunday after struggling for several months with advanced lung cancer.

Snead spent 21 years with The Washington Post, including as a staff photographer and assistant managing editor for graphics.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/1mCNWnn ) Snead also served as picture editor for National Geographic and bureau manager for United Press International in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Snead was later a senior editor at The Lawrence Journal-World until 2007.

He won the newspaper photographer of the year award from the White House News Photographers Association in the early 1990s.