Malaysian-born photojournalist bags a Pulitzer

Malaysian-born photojournalist bags a Pulitzer
Photojournalist Marcus Yam.

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - A Malaysian-born photojournalist is among members of a team that picked up one of this year's prestigious Pulitzer Prizes.

Marcus Yam, 30, who was born in Kuala Lumpur, was in the editorial team from the American newspaper The Seattle Times that won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for "Breaking News Reporting".

"I'm pretty floored," Yam said when contacted via Skype.

"It's the sort of thing that you expect to happen later in your career, when you're more experienced. But, I'm happy and excited. The feeling is pretty magical," he said yesterday.

The Seattle Times received the Pulitzer Prize for its digital account of a landslide that killed 43 people in Oso, Washington in March last year, as well as its follow-up reporting on whether the calamity could have been avoided. It is the tenth Pulitzer for the publication.

The photographs from The Seattle Times coverage were also recognised by the Pictures of The Year international competition in the category of "Newspaper General News Story".

Yam, who moved to the United States about 11 years ago, is now working for the Los Angeles Times.

A former aerospace engineering student, Yam decided to go into photojournalism after picking up photography as a hobby in university.

His skills in photography have since won him several prizes, such as a Documentary and Television Emmy Award, as well as the World Press Awards 2011 in the linear production category.

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