Judy (Walgren) DeHaas, 45, graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in Journalism in 1986. She took her first job in Odessa, Texas, with the Odessa American in 1987. Three months later, the Dallas Morning News hired her, where she worked until March 1999, covering socially relevant issues at home and abroad, such as immigration, war and famine, peace and reconciliation, and poverty throughout the world.
Judy was part of a team of journalists for the Morning News that received the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for their series on violent human rights abuses against women worldwide. For the series, she was the first person to photograph a female genital mutilation ceremony in Somalia and the News was the first newspaper to publish photos about the practice. Her book about the Lost Boys of southern Sudan was published in September 1998 by Houghton-Mifflin.
From 1999 to 2004, Judy based herself in Taos, New Mexico, and worked as a freelance photographer for publications such as Texas Monthly, National Geographic Traveler, People Magazine, and The New York Times. She traveled the world shooting promotional photos for the Peace Corps’ recruiting campaign, contributed to Peter Jennings’s last book, In Search of America, co-directed a film on tribal elders in Kenya and produced and shot a documentary film about the Quechua-speaking people in Peru.
Among her other achievements are: an Award of Excellence from the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation, The Harry Chapin World Hunger Award, The Barbara Jordan Award for reporting on people with disabilities, the APME Photojournalism Award and the AMPE Sweepstakes Award for her series dealing with immigrants and refugees in Dallas, the Headliners Award for her work in Southern Sudan and the Texas Council Against Violence Award for her work with abused women, several Colorado Press Association, Colorado Associated Press, and Colorado Association of Black Journalists awards, a Communication Arts Award of Excellence and several American Photography Awards.
In 2004, Judy joined the staff at the Rocky Mountain News, where she works as a multimedia photographer, editor, producer, and writer, working with various cameras and software platforms. She lives in Denver with her husband Peter and their two sons, Theo, 2, and Hans, 14.
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