Justin Merriman

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Justin Merriman[1] is an American photojournalist[2] and founding member of American Reportage.[3]

After covering the September 11, 2001, crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Merriman committed to chronicling the U.S. military's War on Terror. He followed this story across the United States and into the conflict zones of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He also has covered life in Fidel Castro’s Cuba in 2002, India’s efforts to eradicate polio from its population, the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba in 2012, the 2013 conclave and election of Pope Francis in Rome,[4] the second anniversary of Egypt’s revolution and subsequent unrest, Russia’s invasion of Crimea and the international political crisis that unfolded in Ukraine in 2014, he offered a look inside of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp[5] in 2015 and its uncertain future, and most recently, traveled the entire U.S. border with Mexico[6] documenting issues on immigration.

Merriman’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Time, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, and publications across the globe.

He has been recognized with awards from organizations including Pictures of the Year International,[7] Society of Professional Journalists, the National Press Photographers Association, the National Headliners Awards, the Society for News Design, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar,[8] the Northern Short Course, the Southern Short Course, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the Military Reporters and Editors Association,[9] and the Western Pennsylvania Press Club. He was awarded Photographer of the Year by the News Photographer Association of Greater Pittsburgh four times and most recently was honored with the Keystone Press Awards 2016 Distinguished Visual Award[10] from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.

Born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Merriman graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 2000 with a B.A. in English Writing. In 2009, the university awarded him its prestigious Alumnus of Distinction award.[11]

Currently Merriman lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.


  1. ^ "Work". JUSTIN MERRIMAN. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  2. ^ "Trib garners numerous awards during ceremony at State College". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. May 23, 2004. Retrieved 26 June 2011. [dead link]
  3. ^ "The United Stories of American Reportage: A New Photojournalism Collective". viewfind.com. Retrieved 2017-07-09. 
  4. ^ "Habemus Papam". JUSTIN MERRIMAN. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  5. ^ Merriman, Justin. "An inside look at Gitmo as detention facility faces uncertain future". TribLIVE.com. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  6. ^ "Reporting On 'American Coyotes' Along The U.S.-Mexican Border". Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  7. ^ "POYi 70 Winner's List'". www.poyi.org. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  8. ^ "2016 Winners · Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar". www.photojournalism.org. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  9. ^ "Military journalists honor NYT’s ‘A Year at War,’ other contest entries". Poynter. 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  10. ^ Tribune-Review. "Trib series 'American Coyotes' wins top reporting, photo awards in Pa. contests". TribLIVE.com. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  11. ^ "Alumnus of Distinction Award | University of Pittsburgh - Greensburg Campus". greensburg.pitt.edu. Retrieved 2017-06-20.