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Associated Press photographer Horst Faas was based in Saigon from 1962 until 1974. In 1965, he won his first Pulitzer Prize for his combat photography of the war in South Vietnam, but winning the prize was bittersweet. Faas discusses his work in Vietnam and describes the emotional week when he won the Pulitzer and learned that one of his photojournalist colleagues had been killed by the Viet Cong.

Direct download: NP_20150901.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 10:00 AM

In the spring of 1954, Los Angeles Times photographer John Gaunt captured a moment of grief on the beach between young parents whose 19-month-old child had just been swept out to sea. In an interview with the Newseum, Gaunt discusses that fateful day and how he captured the poignant and profoundly moving photo, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1955.

Direct download: NP_20150825.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 10:00 AM

Chicago native John H. White was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 1982 “for consistently excellent work on a variety of subjects.” His prize-winning portfolio reflected a year in the life of his home city – everything from a high school track practice in an unusual location to a museum worker brushing a dinosaur’s teeth.

Direct download: NP_20150818.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 10:00 AM

Erwin Hagler won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 1980 for his compelling photo series documenting the lifestyle of a cowboy. In an interview with the Newseum, he talks about the unsung heroes of the American West and why he wanted to capture their story at a time when no other newspaper had done so.

Direct download: NP_20150811.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 10:00 AM

In 1980, the Pulitzer Prize was given anonymously for the first and only time in the award’s history. The Spot News Photography winner had captured a controversial image of an Iranian firing squad executing 11 prisoners, but the photo was published without his name for his protection. In 2006, the photographer’s identity was revealed and Jahangir Razmi finally received recognition as a Pulitzer Prize winner.

Direct download: NP_20150804.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 6:44 PM

In 1978, photographer Thomas J. Kelly III was the first journalist on the scene of a brutal and terrifying attack by a deranged man who fatally stabbed his entire family inside their East Coventry, Pa., home. His series of photos documenting the aftermath of the incident, which left the man’s wife and unborn son dead, earned the Pulitzer Prize for Spot Photography. Kelly discusses the situation and how difficult it was for the press who covered it.

Direct download: NP_20150728.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 7:31 PM

On July 22, 1975, in Boston, a 19-year-old and her 2-year-old goddaughter were trapped in a burning building. A firefighter, Robert O’Neill, shielded them from the flames as a fire ladder inched closer. Then the fire escape collapsed. Although the woman died from her injuries, the infant survived. “Fire Escape Collapse” circulated around the world, leading to new fire escape legislation across the country and earning Stanley Forman the first of two Pulitzer Prizes for spot news photography.

Direct download: NP_20150721.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 9:31 PM

Brian Lanker details the special bond he shares with his famous photo of childbirth, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973, and discusses the stark contrast between his image and that year’s Spot News Photography winner of children being bombed in Vietnam.

Direct download: NP_20150714.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:00 PM

In April 1969, racial tensions at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., came to a head on the premises of the student union building. Peaceful negotiations between administrators and students ended a 36-hour student takeover of Willard Straight Hall, but Steve Starr’s Pulitzer-winning photo of armed students leaving the building after the standoff brought national attention to the story, leading to campus reforms and legislative action.

Direct download: NP_20150707.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 10:00 AM

On a sweltering summer day in Jacksonville, Florida, Electric Authority linemen were making repairs atop poles when a worker was hit with 4,160 volts of electricity. As he dangled from his safety belt, a fellow lineman breathed into him in an attempt to save his life. Photographer Rocco Morabito took pictures and prayed – and earned the Pulitzer Prize.

Direct download: NP_20150630.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:00 PM

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