VERMILLION, S.D. – Carol Guzy, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, was honored with the 2019 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media on Monday, June 17 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
The Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media is presented by the University of South Dakota and the Freedom Forum Institute, a nonpartisan foundation that champions the First Amendment. The award is named after Allen H. Neuharth, a 1950 graduate of USD and founder of USA Today, the Freedom Forum and the Newseum.
Guzy is the 33rd person to be honored with the Al Neuharth Award and is the only photojournalist to have won four Pulitzer Prizes in journalism.
“Journalists are challenged not only to expose issues and report the news but also to find poetry in everyday lives and evoke empathy,” said Guzy. “It is deeply poignant to accept this prestigious honor.”
Throughout Guzy’s career, she has covered deadly volcano eruptions in Columbia, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and a refugee crisis in Kosovo during her time with the Miami Herald and The Washington Post.
Guzy has also received the Robert Capa Gold Medal Heart Award in 2018 and she was named the Northern Short Course Photographer of the Year in 2019.
Guzy will travel to USD to receive the Al Neuharth Award later this year.
“We are delighted that Carol Guzy will be sharing her visual storytelling experiences with our media students,” said Michelle Van Maanen, chair and assistant professor in the Department of Media & Journalism. “Guzy is great supporter of a free press and the First Amendment. Her visit fits perfectly with the mission of the Al Neuharth Media Center.”