Tyler Hicks

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Tyler Hicks
Born Tyler Portis Hicks
(1969-07-09) July 9, 1969 (age 47)
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Residence Nairobi, Kenya
Education Staples High School (Connecticut)
Alma mater Boston University
Occupation Photojournalist
Spouse(s) Nichole Sobecki (m. 2013; div. 2014)
Parent(s) Julie Hicks
J. Portis Hicks
  • Darcy Anne Hicks (sister)

Tyler Portis Hicks (born July 9, 1969) is an American photojournalist who works as a staff photographer for The New York Times. Based in Kenya, he typically covers foreign affairs, with an emphasis in recent years on conflict and war, but also works at times on assignments across the United States.

Hicks was named the newspaper photographer of the year by the Missouri School of Journalism's Pictures of the Year International contest in 2007.[1] He shared the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting with a team from The New York Times recognized for coverage of Pakistan and Afghanistan, where he works frequently in the field, focusing on the ground-level experience. In 2010, his photographs from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with the war correspondence of his colleagues Dexter Filkins and C.J. Chivers, with whom he often works, were selected by New York University as being among the Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade.[2] Hicks received a George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting in 2011.[3]

Hicks was previously a freelance photographer based in Africa and the Balkans, and worked for newspapers in North Carolina and Ohio.[4] He has worked in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iraq, Russia, Bosnia, Lebanon, Israel, Gaza, Chechnya and many countries in Africa, including South Sudan during the 2011 referendum. He graduated from Staples High School in 1988,[5] and went on to Boston University's College of Communication, where he earned a degree in Journalism in 1992.[6] He returned to Boston University in 2011 to deliver the commencement address at the College of Communication.[7]

Hicks was reported missing on March 16, 2011, while covering the revolution in Libya for The New York Times.[8] The New York Times reported on March 18, 2011 that Libya had agreed to free Hicks, Anthony Shadid, Lynsey Addario and Stephen Farrell.[9] Hicks and his three colleagues were released on March 21, 2011, six days after being captured by pro-Qaddafi forces.[10]

On February 16, 2012, Anthony Shadid suffered a fatal asthma attack while covering civil unrest in Syria with Hicks. Hicks assisted in carrying Shadid's body across the border into Turkey.[11]

Tyler Hicks was present during the deadly attack by terrorists on the Westgate shopping center in Nairobi on September 21, 2013. He was close to the scene taking pictures[12] and followed police as they searched for militants.[13] For this work he was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography.[14] In 2016, he received another Pulitze Prize for his coverage of the European migrant crisis, sharing it with Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, and Daniel Etter "for photographs that captured the resolve of refugees, the perils of their journeys and the struggle of host countries to take them in."[15]

Regarding Hicks's personal life, his parents were divorced when he was younger. Hicks has one sister. Hicks became married to Nichole Sobecki in 2013, but they later divorced after Sobecki was caught having an affair.


  2. ^ Stephens, Mitchell, "Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade. 2000-2009" (http://journalism.nyu.edu/decade/) New York University Arthur I. Carter Journalism Institute. http://journalism.nyu.edu/decade/. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  3. ^ "LIU announces 2011 George Polk Awards in Journalism" (http://www.liu.edu/About/News/Univ-Ctr-PR/2012/February/Polk-PR_Feb-20-2012.aspx.
  4. ^ "Tyler Hicks shares Iraq pics"
  5. ^ http://www.westport-news.com/news/article/Westport-natives-both-Staples-grads-among-1158026.php
  6. ^ "Times Photographer Honored for '06 Work". The New York Times. February 26, 2007. 
  7. ^ http://blogs.bu.edu/bunow/2011/05/26/new-york-times-photographer-tyler-hicks-addresses-bu-com-graduates/
  8. ^ Peters, Jeremy W. (March 16, 2011). "Four New York Times Journalists Are Missing in Libya". Media Decoder. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  9. ^ Kirkpatrick, David (March 18, 2011). "Libya Says It Will Release Times Journalists". New York Times. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  10. ^ Peters, Jeremy W. (March 21, 2011). "Freed Times Journalists Give Account of Captivity". The New York Times. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  11. ^ "At Work in Syria, Times Correspondent Dies", New York Times
  12. ^ Estrin, James (September 21, 2013). "Witness to a Massacre in a Nairobi Mall". The New York Times. 
  13. ^ http://www.businessinsider.com/ny-times-photo-nairobi-mall-attack-2013-9
  14. ^ Estrin, James (April 14, 2014). "New York Times Wins Two Photography Pulitzers". The New York Times. 
  15. ^ "Breaking News Photography". The Pulitzer Prized. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 

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