Tyler Hicks — the Staples High School graduate who has spent a decade shooting searing photos from the world’s most troubled spots — is part of the New York Times‘ 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning team.
The paper won 5 of journalism’s top honors this year, including International Reporting. Tyler’s photo — on page A16 of today’s paper — shows American soldiers preparing for a possible Taliban attack, at their Afghan base near the Pakistani border.
Westporters have grown used to seeing Tyler’s photo credit in the Times. Remarkably, he is 1 of 3 of the world’s leading photojournalists who graduated from Staples in the 1980s. Lyndsey Addario and Spencer Platt are the other 2.
We often worry that Westport youth grow up in a bubble. Pulitzer Prize-winning Tyler, Lyndsey and Spencer know a much larger world lies beyond our borders. Every day, their work opens eyes around that world.