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2 US Senators, The State Comptroller, 2 Local Candidates And A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer Walk Into Campaign Headquarters…

That was the scene today across from Stop & Shop.

US Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and Connecticut’s chief finance guy Kevin Lembo, came here to boost Democratic 1st and 2nd selectman hopefuls Melissa Kane and Rob Simmelkjaer.

Also on the scene: award-winning New York Times photographer and 1988 Staples High School graduate Tyler Hicks. His sister Darcy is a political activist.

From left: Chris Murphy, Rob Simmelkjaer, Tyler Hicks, Melissa Kane, Kevin Lembo, Richard Blumenthal.

And before folks get all bent out of shape, accusing me of partisanship: Trust me. If the Republicans had rolled out firepower like this, I’d post their shot too.

It’s a great photo op. That’s it.

See you at the polls!

Ka-Boom!

A tree fell earlier today on Hillspoint Road, by the Conservative Synagogue. It brought down utility lines, cutting power to over 50 customers. The traffic light at the Post Road by McDonald’s was out too.

A tree falls on Hillspoint Road

Darcy Hicks — who lives nearby — took this shot. Apparently her brother Tyler — the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times photographer — is not the only Hicks family member with an eye for dramatic news images.

Tyler Hicks: Finding The Truth

The New York Times‘ “Truth” ad campaign — launched during the Oscars — is unusual.

A variety of spots, in an array of mediums, hammer home one theme: “The truth is hard to find.”

One of the most compelling is a quick video series of photographs. Desperate immigrants, piled on rafts, seek safety and freedom.

A man’s voice says: “I see fear. I see desperation. But I also see hope.”

He continues: “I feel it’s important to take photographs that will make a difference.”

At the end, he says: “I’m Tyler Hicks. Photojournalist for the New York Times.

Hicks is a 1988 graduate of Staples High School. He’s won 3 Pulitzer Prizes. He’s documented wars, tragedies and a few triumphs all over the globe, from Afghanistan to Albania, Kosovo to Kenya.

He — and fellow Pulitzer-winning/Times photojournalist/Staples grad Lynsey Addario — were abducted in Libya, and spent 6 harrowing days in captivity.

In 2012 Hicks was in Syria, when Beirut bureau chief Anthony Shadid died of an asthma attack. Hicks helped carry his body across the border to Turkey.

The truth is indeed hard to find. Somehow, Tyler Hicks brings it closer to us all.

(Hat tip: Jim Honeycutt)

Tyler Hicks

Tyler Hicks Wins Another Pulitzer Prize

Most journalists dream of winning a Pulitzer Prize.

Tyler Hicks needs a new dream.

The Westport native and Staples High School graduate earned his 3rd Pulitzer in 7 years today. He shared the award for Breaking News in Photography with 2 fellow New York Times photojournalists. The trio were honored for their images that “captured the resolve of refugees, the perils of their journeys and the struggle of host countries to take them in.”

This photo by Tyler Hicks appears on the Pulitzer Prize website. The caption reads: "After battling rough seas and high winds from Turkey, migrants arrive by rubber raft on a jagged shoreline of the Greek island of Lesbos. Fearing capsize or puncture, some panicked and jumped into the cold water in desperation to reach land. This young boy made it, unlike hundreds of others." (Photo/Tyler Hicks, The New York Times - October 1, 2015). 

This photo by Tyler Hicks appears on the Pulitzer Prize website. The caption reads: “After battling rough seas and high winds from Turkey, migrants arrive by rubber raft on a jagged shoreline of the Greek island of Lesbos. Fearing capsize or puncture, some panicked and jumped into the cold water in desperation to reach land. This young boy made it, unlike hundreds of others.” (Photo/Tyler Hicks, The New York Times – October 1, 2015). Click image to enlarge.

Hicks’ previous Pulitzers came in 2009 (as a member of a team, for International Reporting coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan), and 2014 (for Breaking News Photography, for his stunning shots of the deadly attack by terrorists on a Nairobi shopping center.)

Hicks began working for the Times in 1999, photographing stories throughout Africa. After 9/11, he traveled to Kabul, documenting the city’s liberation from the Taliban. He has returned to Afghanistan often.

Hicks has done award-winning work around the globe, from Haiti to Albania and Kosovo.

Tyler Hicks

Tyler Hicks

On March 16, 2011 Hicks and 3 other reporters — including fellow Times photojournalist and Westporter Lynsey Addario were abducted in Libya. After 6 harrowing days in captivity, they were released. (Click here for more details.)

On Feb. 16, 2012 in Syria, Hicks was with Times Beirut bureau chief Anthony Shadid, when Shadid died of an asthma attack. Hicks helped carry the journalist’s body across the border to Turkey.

When he gets a chance, Hicks visits Westport, where his mother and sister still live. He now calls Kenya home.

But — as his important, eye-opening Pulitzer Prize-winning photos attest — the world’s hot spots are truly his home.

PS: Congrats too to Matt Davies. The 1985 Staples grad was one of 2 finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Cartooning. Davies — who now draws for Newsday — won the Pulitzer in 2004, and was also a finalist in 2011.

(For full details of the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking Photography, click here.)

Tyler Hicks Is Waaaay Beyond Amazing

Westport is deservedly proud of Tyler Hicks.

The 1988 Staples High School graduate has won a Pulitzer Prize, survived a kidnapping, shared Anthony Shahid’s final moments, lived around the corner from (and captured stark images of) the Nairobi shopping mall terror attack … you name it, Tyler has seen it. Or done it.

Now he’s run a marathon.

But this was no easy-peasy road race like New York or Boston. Tyler just completed his 1st-ever 26-miler: the Maasai Marathon in Kenya.

The bush of Kenya.

Tyler Hicks (#9) celebrating after the Maasai Marathon. (Photo courtesy of Darcy Hicks)

Tyler Hicks (#9) celebrates after the Maasai Marathon. (Photo courtesy of Darcy Hicks)

But wait! There’s more!

Tyler ran the raise as a fundraiser for the Amazing Maasai Girls Project.

There are simply no words.

Tyler Hicks Gets “Fresh Air”

Terry Gross brings out the best in everyone she interviews.

Today the gently probing, always insightful “Fresh Air” host sat down with Tyler Hicks.

Tyler Hicks

Tyler Hicks

The New York Times photographer — a Westport native and 1988 Staples graduate — spoke about a variety of topics, from the back story of his Pulitzer Prize-winning shots of last year’s Nairobi mall massacre to being kidnapped in Libya with fellow Times photographer (and Staples grad) Lynsey Addario.

He also talked about performing CPR on Anthony Shadid, after the Times reporter suffered an asthma attack while sneaking across the Turkey-Syria border. Hicks said that telling Shadid’s wife and young son what had happened was “the saddest thing I’ve ever had to do.”

When Gross asked Hicks how covering war has affected him, he referenced Compo Beach:

Not long after [an assignment in Afghanistan] I was back in the states, I was in Connecticut with my sister and we were just going for a run. We were down by the beach in my hometown and there was some work being done on a house and there was a hydraulic nail gun that they were using and it really sounds a lot like incoming gunfire with this thing.

As we were running they put a few nails in and I literally almost hit the ground and my sister’s reaction was like, “Oh my God, you should look at yourself, man. You totally thought you were just being shot at.”

And it’s true; you can’t deny that that’s a natural protective instinct that you gain through these things.

A commenter on the “Fresh Air” website wrote: “This story should remind us that there are indeed real journalists still out there risking everything so that we may see what is happening on this crazy, beautiful, dangerous, delicious little planet of ours.”

To hear the entire interview, read excerpts and view some of Hicks’ photos, click here.

Plainclothes officers rushed into the mall and Hicks accompanied them, knowing well that many terrorists remained inside and fearing not only guns but explosives around every corner. (Tyler Hicks, The New York Times - September 22, 2013)

Plainclothes officers rushed into the Westgate mall. Hicks accompanied them, knowing well that many terrorists remained inside. He feared not only guns but explosives around every corner. (Tyler Hicks, The New York Times – September 22, 2013)

Breaking News: Tyler Hicks Wins A Pulitzer For Breaking News

Westport native and Staples High School graduate Tyler Hicks has just won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography.

He received the award — one of the most prestigious in journalism — for “his compelling pictures that showed skill and bravery in documenting the unfolding terrorist attack at Westgate mall in Kenya.”

The event took place last September. Hicks — a staff photographer for the New York Times who has covered major conflicts around the world, won numerous other major awards, and survived a kidnapping in Libya — now lives in Nairobi. When he heard news of the massacre, he raced to the scene.

The Pulitzer Prize website shows 19 of Hicks’ photos. They include these:

A woman tried to shelter children from gunfire by Somali militants at the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in an attack that killed more than 70 people. Tyler Hicks made this photo from a floor above, in an exposed area where the police feared for his safety. (Tyler Hicks, The New York Times - September 23, 2013)

A woman tried to shelter children from gunfire by Somali militants at the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in an attack that killed more than 70 people. Tyler Hicks made this photo from a floor above, in an exposed area where the police feared for his safety. (Tyler Hicks, The New York Times – September 23, 2013)

Plainclothes officers rushed into the mall and Hicks accompanied them, knowing well that many terrorists remained inside and fearing not only guns but explosives around every corner. (Tyler Hicks, The New York Times - September 22, 2013)

Plainclothes officers rushed into the mall and Hicks accompanied them, knowing well that many terrorists remained inside and fearing not only guns but explosives around every corner. (Tyler Hicks, The New York Times – September 22, 2013)

Terrified Saturday-afternoon shoppers rushed from stores and a casino toward the exits. The police feared that escaping attackers had camouflaged themselves among them. (Tyler Hicks, The New York Times - September 21, 2013)

Terrified Saturday-afternoon shoppers rushed from stores and a casino toward the exits. The police feared that escaping attackers had camouflaged themselves among them. (Tyler Hicks, The New York Times – September 21, 2013)

Tyler Hicks travels the world. He has seen sights, and undergone experiences, that none of us could ever comprehend.

He has recorded them — in all their brutality and gruesomeness — for all the world to see.

It’s a terrible — and terribly important — business. But no one does it better.

 

 

Tyler Hicks Takes 2nd In World Photo Contest

Tyler Hicks placed 2nd in the prestigious World Press Photo competition, it was announced today. Over 98,000 images were submitted by 5,754 photographers, in 132 nations.

The Staples graduate was honored in the Spot News category. A New York Times staff photographer who now lives in Kenya, he was a short distance away last September when gunmen opened fire at an upscale Nairobi mall. At least 39 people were killed.

Standing one floor above, Tyler took this image:

Tyler Hicks' World Press Photo shot. The woman and children shown hiding escaped unharmed. (Photo/Tyler Hicks for the New York Times)

Tyler Hicks’ World Press Photo shot. The woman and children shown hiding escaped unharmed. (Photo/Tyler Hicks for the New York Times)

In 2009 Tyler was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He earned the Newspaper Photographer of the Year award from Pictures of the Year International for his work in 2006. He was a co-recipient of the George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting in 2012, for his work in Somalia and the Horn of Africa.

(For full results of the World Press Photo contest, click here.)

Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario: Four Of A Kind

Today’s New York Times Sunday Review section is devoted almost entirely to the “Year in Pictures.”

And of the 40 or so images the editors have chosen to define 2013 — mostly, unfortunately, of war, devastation and suffering — 4 are by Staples High School graduates. Both are award-winning Times photographers.

Tyler Hicks’ dramatic shot of a plainclothes officer searching Nairobi’s Westgate mall for gunmen after a militant attack killed scores of civilians takes up the entire front page:

Tyler Hicks - New Years

(Tyler Hicks for the New York Times)

Tyler has 3 other photos in the section, both from that same Kenyan violence.

Lynsey’s photo — on page 2 — shows a 15-year-old and her baby brother. They and nearly a dozen other relatives share a tent after an explosion hear her Syrian home partially blinded her.

(Lynsey Addario for the New York Times)

(Lynsey Addario for the New York Times)

The online version of “Year in Pictures” features 80 photos, including more from Tyler and Lynsey. Click here to see the entire slideshow.

It was quite a year. And 2 talented Westporters were there to capture very tragic — but important — parts of it.

Tyler Hicks Photo In Time’s Top 10

Time magazine has announced its Top 10 Photos of 2013. Included in the images — nearly all of disasters, either natural or man-made — is a shot from September’s mall massacre in Nairobi, Kenya.

Staples graduate Tyler Hicks — a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times photographer who lives nearby — raced to the scene. He took this shot:

Tyler Hicks Time photo

Tyler described the scene this way, in Time:

It was clear that something catastrophic was developing when I arrived at Nairobi’s upscale Westgate Mall. Gunfire had been reported, and I witnessed hundreds of victims streaming out of the building, many of them shot and bloodied. I realized this was the attack people had warned about since I moved here two years ago. Al Shabab militants were waging a violent attack on a crowded target frequented by foreigners.

After photographing the panic outside, I turned my focus to finding an approach into the mall, where I found a small number of disorganized Kenyan police and army, mixed with terrified masses trying to escape the attackers. From an upper floor I moved to the balcony of the atrium to glimpse the bloodshed below.

Bodies of victims lay lifeless where they fell, and among them a terrified woman remained stranded with two children in a café. They remained there, petrified, with quiet, everyday music continuing to play over the mall’s sound system.

I took some photographs and then retreated from the exposed position. The woman and children were later rescued unharmed.