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Newly elected Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi celebrates from the podium as Minority Leader John Boehner looks on in the U.S. Capitol in Washington Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Bode Miller of the United States speeds down the course during the downhill portion of the Men's Downhill Combined Competition at Snowbasin in Utah, Feb. 13, 2002. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Washington Nationals pitcher Chad Cordero, right, signs autographs before the start of the Nationals' opening day game against the Florida Marlins at RFK Stadium, Monday, April 2, 2007 in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)President Clinton, left, and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder listen to remarks during the closing session of the Conference on Progressive Governance, in Berlin Saturday, June 3, 2000. After a close-up look at an emerging new course in European politics, known as a Progressive or Third Way movement, Clinton was flying Saturday to Moscow with limited expectations of persuading Russian President Vladimir Putin to help clear a way for a new U.S. anti-missile defense. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., waits to speak to a group of widows and Gold Star wives during an event on Capitol Hill, Thursday, May 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)President Barack Obama shakes hands people attending a campaign rally in Newark, N.J., Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, for New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)President Clinton makes a statement as first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton looks on at the White House, Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998 thanking those Democratic members of the House of Representatives who voted against impeachment and vowing to complete his term. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Gen. David Petraeus waits to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Sept. 10, 2007, file photo, before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on the future course of the war in Iraq. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Belgium's Jos Lansik rides Cumano during the equestrian Show Jumping competition during the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008.  (AP Photo/Walsh Cheung)

Susan Walsh’s Front-Row Seat to History

Synopsis

Susan Walsh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for the Associated Press. Walsh was a member of the AP team that won a Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 1999 for a series of 20 photographs chronicling former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment. Her contribution was a photograph of Clinton thanking Democratic members of the House of Representatives who voted against his impeachment, while his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton looked on. This is a sampling of Walsh’s photography.

Awards

  • Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, 1999

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alumni, photojournalism, Politics, Pulitzer Prize, Susan Walsh

Susan Walsh

Susan Walsh left Las Vegas, Nev., in the fall of 1983 for BU to become an aerospace engineer. By her second semester, she left the engineering field for a new start in photojournalism.

The bold departure paid off for this Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer. After graduation, Walsh began her photojournalism career as a freelancer for the Associated Press in Boston, rising to a staff position by 1991. Walsh was a member of the AP team that won a Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 1999 for a series of 20 photographs chronicling former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment. Her contribution was a photograph of Clinton thanking Democratic members of the House of Representatives who voted against his impeachment, while his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton looked on. “I was pretty upset because I didn’t think I had the best position to photograph Clinton,” Walsh says. “I was really off to the side. Going into it, I knew it was such a historic day, and I knew I couldn’t leave without a good picture. But as the event unfolded, I could see that my position was actually the only place you could get both of them (Bill and Hillary Clinton) together. It was luck.”

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