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Win McNamee and Josh Dawsey rewarded for their coverage of the January 6 attack

University of South Carolina alumni Win McNamee of Getty Images and Josh Dawsey of
The Washington Post both are part of teams that received the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism on May 9.

What happened: McNamee was nominated along with fellow Getty photographers in the Breaking News Photography category for “comprehensive and consistently captivating photos of the attack on the U.S. Capitol” on January 6, 2021. Dawsey is part of the team that developed investigative long-term coverage of the January 6 attack for The Washington Post, which received the Pulitizer in the Public Service category. The award committee wrote that the To post delivered a “compelling and vividly presented account of the assault on Washington” that provided audiences with “a deep and unwavering understanding of one of the nation’s darkest days”.

Why is this important: Created in 1917 by publisher Joseph Pulitzer, the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism is widely considered the pinnacle of achievement in the field.

Background: McNamee earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1985. He started out as a photographer for The Daily War Cockand worked for The state and Reuters, where he was a photographer for 14 years. Dawsey earned his journalism degree in South Carolina in 2012. While in college, he worked as a reporter and editor for The Daily War Cock. Since graduating, he has worked for The Wall Street Journal, Politics and the To post.

On point: McNamee took the iconic photo of Jacob Chansley, the self-proclaimed QAnon shaman, as Chansley screamed around the US Capitol wearing a cocked fur hat.

Deep background: In a career that spanned five decades, McNamee covered the White House, the first Gulf War, natural disasters, Super Bowls and multiple presidential campaigns. Dawsey, who cut his teeth covering former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, has become a household name among Trump watchers for his gripping accounts of the administration. behind the scenes.

On the exam that comes with the job: “You can’t want to do this job, want to have a Twitter following, want to go on TV and talk about your stories, want to fly all over the world writing about the president and not be okay with being told. ‘be fair game for scrutiny and attacks,’ says Dawsey.

On working through the pressures: “All of this cumulative experience…allows you to work effectively and productively without being distracted and overwhelmed by the enormity of the situation you find yourself in,” McNamee says.

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