UMD ALUMNA CHERYL
DIAZ MEYER WINS PULITZER
||UMD alumna and senior staff photographer
for the Dallas Morning News, Cheryl Diaz Meyer, was awarded the
2004 Pulitzer Prize in the category of breaking news photography
for her documentation of the war in Iraq.
Embedded with the Marines Second Tank Battalion, she took to the battle
fields of Iraq for nearly two months, documenting the harsh realities
of the war. Through daily journaling, Diaz Meyer recorded the soldier's
first hand account of the war and its effects. After coming within 20
feet of an exploding bomb, Diaz Meyer had the prayer, "Please make
stop," running through her head. She regained her composure and
continued to capture her heartbreaking and thought provoking
photographs of the soldiers and the Iraqi people. When asked about her
efforts on the battle field Diaz Meyer stated, "Really in my mind
just wanted to cover the war as best as I knew how."
No stranger to travel, Diaz Meyer has been on assignments in
Afghanistan, the Philippines and Guatemala.
Diaz Meyer graduated from UMD in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in
German and from Western Kentucky in 1994 with a degree in Journalism.
photographers David Leeson (left) and Cheryl Diaz Meyer of The Dallas
More about the Pulitzer Prize?
Diaz Meyers' digital journalist web page