Linda Tirado

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Linda Tirado
OccupationAuthor, photographer, activist

Linda Tirado is an American author, freelance photographer and political activist. Her memoir Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America is about her life as a member of the working class.[1][2] She has also written articles for The Guardian, The Daily Beast and other online periodicals. In 2014, she was included in the BBC's 100 Women.[3]

In May 2020, she was injured in her left eye while she was covering the George Floyd protests. Tirado believed the injury was caused by a rubber bullet fired by the police, though it was later reported to be a sponge bullet.[4] Following surgery, the prognosis was that she would be blind in that eye. She returned to work the following day.[5][6][7][8] Tirado filed suit against the police around June 14, 2020.[4]

In August 2020, Tirado received the John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award from the National Press Club.[9]


  1. ^ Shipler, David K. (26 December 2014). "'Hand to Mouth,' by Linda Tirado". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  2. ^ Goldberg, Michelle (December 11, 2013). "Linda Tirado Is Not a Hoax: The author of "Why I Make Terrible Decisions" discovers the dark side of Internet fame". The Nation. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  3. ^ "Who are the 100 Women 2014?". BBC. 26 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Photographer amid Minneapolis unrest sues, says officers blinded her in eye with nonlethal shot".
  5. ^ Tirado, Linda (2020-05-29). "Hey folks, took a tracer found to the face (I think, given my backpack) and am headed into surgery to see if we can save my left eye". @KillerMartinis. Retrieved 2020-05-31.
  6. ^ Tirado, Linda (2020-05-30). "I hat we think happened is I took a rubber bullet to the face". @KillerMartinis. Retrieved 2020-05-31.
  7. ^ "A Reporter's Cry on Live TV: 'I'm Getting Shot! I'm Getting Shot!'". The New York Times. 2020-05-30. Retrieved 2020-05-31.
  8. ^ Tirado, Linda (2020-05-30). "No worries, I've been back at work for five hours now. My job is to witness and they only got my left eye. My right one is good to go". @KillerMartinis. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  9. ^ "National Press Club Honors Linda Tirado With Press Freedom Award". National Press Club. August 20, 2020. Retrieved 2021-05-15.

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