RTF alumnus wins Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism
April 19, 2005
AUSTIN, Texas—Radio-Television-Film (RTF) alumnus John Moore was part of an Associated Press team of 11 photographers who won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in photography in the breaking news category for coverage of the conflict in Iraq.
Moore’s award brings to 20 the number of former College of Communication students who have won Pulitzer Prizes.
A 1990 graduate of the Department of RTF, Moore has worked as a photographer for the Associated Press since 1991. He has worked as a photo editor and chief photographer in areas including India, South Africa, Mexico and the Middle East.
During 2004, he was the Associated Press photo editor for the Middle East and was based in Cairo. It was during this time that he was embedded with the U.S. military and traveled throughout Iraq, capturing several of the 20 winning images of the bloody yearlong combat inside Iraq.
Moore’s photos in the winning series include a photograph of U.S. medics administering CPR to a soldier from Uvalde, Texas who later died of his wounds, displaced Iraqi children at a checkpoint and an Iraqi detainee in a solitary confinement cage talking with a military policeman at Abu Ghraib prison.
In July, Moore will join Getty Images as the senior staff photographer based in Islamabad, Pakistan. He will continue to cover South Asia and the Middle East
The Pulitzer Prizes were established by a provision in the 1904 will of Joseph Pulitzer, the publisher of the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the New York World. Pulitzer created the prizes as an incentive to excellence in journalism, education, and letters and drama. Since 1917 when the first prizes were awarded, the Pulitzer Prize Board has increased the number of awards to 21 and introduced poetry, music and photography as subjects. The prize for photography was established in 1942, and was divided in 1968 into spot or breaking news and feature photography. The awards will be presented at a luncheon on May 23 at Columbia University in New York.
To view the series of winning Associated Press photographs, visit the Pulitzer Prizes Web site. A complete list of former College of Communication students who are Pulitzer Prize winners is available online.
For more information contact: Erin Geisler, College of Communication, 512-475-8071.