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Documenting the frontlines — Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist to present at the Wachholz

by Daily Inter Lake
| March 14, 2024 12:00 AM

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario will present her experiences and insights from reporting on the frontlines of conflicts, humanitarian crises and women’s issues March 20 at the Wachholz College Center.

As part of the Changemaker Speaker Series, Addario will share harrowing tales from conflict zones around the globe, shedding light on the human stories behind the headlines. By focusing on humanitarian and human rights issues, Addario built a career by capturing powerful images in dangerous environments. 

In 2015, American Photo Magazine named her one of five most influential photographers of the past 25 years, noting she changed the way people saw the world's conflicts. She was part of the New York Times team to win a Pulitzer Prize for overseas reporting out of Afghanistan and Pakistan and has been nominated for a second Pulitzer. 

Since Sept. 11, 2001, Addario has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Darfur, South Sudan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen and Ukraine. 

In 2015, Addario wrote a New York Times Best-selling memoir, “It's What I Do,” chronicling her personal and professional life as a photojournalist coming of age in the post-9/11 world, according to her biography www.lynseyaddario.com. 

Since the war began in Ukraine, she has spent more than six months on the ground, on assignment for The New York Times. For her Ukraine coverage, she received the prestigious Polk Award for Photojournalism in 2022.

Despite death threats and multiple kidnappings, she continues walking towards danger and heartache so that we might be able to grasp the true human cost of conflict.

“We encourage everyone with an interest in photography, journalism, or global issues to attend this event,” Director of Wachholz College Center Matt Laughlin said. “Lynsey Addario's dedication to storytelling has made a profound impact, and her insights are sure to resonate with audiences of all backgrounds.”

Addario holds three honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bates College in Maine and University of York in England. 

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. The Wachholz is located on the Flathead Valley Community College campus.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $35, not including fees. Students are free. Tickets may be purchased online at wccmt.org or by calling 756-1400.