COLUMBIA — Carol Guzy recorded Mother Teresa's funeral in India in 1997.
She waded through New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Four-time Pulitzer Prize winner Carol Guzy highlights five of her photographs and provides background about them.
MISSOURI HONOR MEDALISTS TO GIVE FREE LECTURES
All lectures will be held Tuesday in the Missouri School of Journalism. All are free and open to the public.
9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
- "Business Model in a Digital World," Michael Golden: Fisher Auditorium, Gannett Hall
- "Ethical Decision Making in a Digital World: The New Challenges of Doing the Right Thing," Hearst Television executives: Fred W. Smith Forum, Reynolds Journalism Institute
2 to 3:15 p.m.
- "Bearing Witness," Carol Guzy: Fred W. Smith Forum, Reynolds Journalism Institute
- "Magnetic Ideas That Win Hearts and Minds," FleishmanHillard executives: 100 Reynolds Journalism Institute
- "Q-and-A on Media in Myanmar," Aye Aye Win: Fisher Auditorium, Gannett Hall
3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
- "Why Diversity and Journalism Service Matter," Greg Lee: Fred W. Smith Forum, Reynolds Journalism Institute
- "Investigating Power and the New Journalism Ecosystem," Charles Lewis: Middlebush Auditorium
She walked the rubble-filled streets of Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
Now, she's coming to Columbia to share her experiences.
Guzy, a four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for The Washington Post, is one of seven Missouri honor medalists to be recognized next week by the Missouri School of Journalism. Honor medalists are chosen for their careerlong dedication to journalism, according to the Journalism School's website.
This year's other winners are global communications firm FleishmanHillard, Hearst Television, New York Times executive Michael Golden, South Florida Sun Sentinel executive sports editor Greg Lee, author and investigative journalist Charles Lewis, and correspondent Aye Aye Win.
The winners come from different aspects of journalism and strategic communication, but each has achieved great things in his or her field, said Suzette Heiman, director of planning and communications for the School of Journalism, who is overseeing the event.
"It's an opportunity to celebrate a collection of outstanding work," she said.
Finding her niche
Guzy's online portfolio contains images from around the world: some of grief and devastation, some of joy and relief.
Guzy said Haiti was like her second home early in her career, and she calls the island country "an obsession."
Seeing the island country covered in rubble and chaos after the 2010 earthquake was especially difficult, she said.
In one of her Pulitzer Prize-winning photos from Haiti, a woman unable to rescue her brother from the rubble cries in anguish. In another photo, a man's decomposing body lies in the street. His arms are splayed on the concrete, and only a skull remains of his head — his face was torn off by debris.
"Haiti's an open wound; it's almost impossible to stitch up," Guzy said. "Here was probably the poorest country on Earth in many ways, with the most tragedy and political conflict, and they just keep getting hit over and over again."
Guzy said she thinks she got an "overdose of empathy," which makes her work translate across cultures.
"Lives are so dramatically different, but if you can make them feel — really feel in their gut, not just their mind, whether it's sorrow or triumph or an important issue of the day that needs to be addressed globally — I think that's a mission of sorts," she said.
Guzy didn't find photography right away. She graduated from Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pa., with an associate degree in nursing in 1977. She wasn't sold on photography until a friend gave her a camera, according to her Washington Post biography.
Since then, Guzy has won the top prize in the Newspaper Photographer of the Year contest three times, according to her biography.
Becoming a medalist
The School of Journalism has awarded Missouri honor medals since 1930. To select this year's winners, the school's faculty members nominated potential candidates and eventually voted to present the honor medal to Guzy and her six fellow medalists.
"There are so many who are doing outstanding work," Heiman said. "We always have many deserving journalists and strategic communicators to consider."
All seven medalists will present free lectures Tuesday at the School of Journalism. Topics include Golden's "Business Model in a Digital World" and Lee's "Why Diversity and Journalism Service Matter."
"This event never fails to inspire me," Heiman said. "You have people who are passionate in a very generous way. They want to share their insights and what they do with the world."
Medalists will be honored at a banquet Tuesday evening at MU's Reynolds Alumni Center. A video for the honorees will highlight their accomplishments, and each will receive a medal, a citation and a copy of the Journalist's Creed written by Walter Williams, the school's founder.
Guzy said she plans to dedicate her medal in memory of her mother, Julia Pammer, who died recently.
"Without her, I wouldn't be who I am," Guzy said. "She would be so proud."
Meet the medalists
Alfred Fleishman and Bob Hillard established FleishmanHillard in St. Louis in 1946, according to the School of Journalism's website. Since then, the advertising and public relations agency has served clients including Procter & Gamble, Dell, Nortel and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The firm conducts business in about 20 languages in more than 80 offices around the world.
The company provides brand marketing, research and analytics, media relations and other services to clients around the world. The company's own brand, "the power of true," reflects its high values and dedication to transparency and authenticity, according to FleishmanHillard's website.
Hearst Television is a national multimedia company that covers 30 cities with 29 local television stations and two local radio stations, according to the School of Journalism's website. The stations broadcast 60 video channels, which feature national and local news, entertainment, sports, weather and other coverage.
The company, which is part of the larger Hearst Corp., reaches about 18 percent of Americans who own televisions. Hearst Television also has digital and online platforms, which extend its influence internationally.
Hearst Television has earned many awards for journalism and service, including several Peabody Awards, national Edward R. Murrow Awards, and awards for excellence in election coverage, according to the Journalism School's website.
Michael Golden was elected to The New York Times Co.'s board of directors in 1997. In the same year, he was appointed vice chairman of The New York Times Co.
Golden is chairman of the nonprofit International Center for Journalists, based in Washington, D.C. The center works to raise journalism standards through a series of classes, workshops and exchange programs, according to his New York Times biography. He also serves on the boards for the Newspaper Association of America and The Associated Press.
He previously served as president and chief operating officer of The New York Times Co.'s Regional Media Group and publisher of the International Herald Tribune.
New Orleans native Greg Lee is the executive sports editor at the South Florida Sun Sentinel, where he leads coverage of south Florida's professional teams. He is also the 19th president of the National Association of Black Journalists and a co-director of the Sports Journalism Institute, a nine-week training program for college journalists.
Lee graduated from Xavier University in New Orleans in 1996. He started his career as a copy editor at his hometown paper, The Times-Picayune. He then worked for five years as an editor at The Washington Post and spent eight years as the senior assistant sports editor at The Boston Globe. There, he spearheaded coverage of the Beijing Olympics and NBA finals in 2008.
Charles Lewis, an investigative journalist and New York Times best-selling author, founded the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. He worked as an investigative producer for ABC News and CBS' "60 Minutes" before he established the nonprofit organization in 1989. He ran the center out of his home until CPI opened its first office in Washington, D.C.
Under Lewis' leadership, CPI published about 300 investigative reports, including 14 books. In addition to his work with CPI, Lewis is the founding executive editor of American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop.
Aye Aye Win
Aye Aye Win covered her first pro-democracy uprising in Myanmar in 1988. Her journalist father, U Sein Win, had been imprisoned for his support of a free press.
She stepped up to take his place while he was in jail. One year later, she joined The Associated Press as a correspondent. Win's father died Oct. 18 in Myanmar.
In her 24 years as a journalist, Win has never been imprisoned, but she has had her phone tapped and has been threatened, questioned and warned, according to the Journalism School's website.
She reported on political uprisings and protests in Myanmar despite the risk and difficulty involved. Her coverage won her the International Women's Media Foundation's Courage in Journalism Award in 2008 and The Associated Press' Oliver S. Gramling Award for excellence in 2004.
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