On the last day of his job at a local newsroom, photojournalist Ryan Kelly took a picture that would end up winning him a Pulitzer Prize. Now, he works for a brewery.
Kelly captured the award-winning image in Charlottesville, Va. on Aug. 12, 2017, when an Ohio man drove a car into a crowd of counter-protestors at a white nationalist rally, striking several people and leaving 32-year-old Heather Heyer dead. Kelly was employed at the city’s sole daily newspaper, The Daily Progress, at the time. His photograph ran on the paper’s front page and served as a snapshot of the deadly incident. On Monday, Kelly was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer for Breaking News Photography.
Kelly still works as a freelancer, but now runs social media for a Richmond, Va., brewery, according to Poynter. Days after the rally, he told the website: “It is very bizarre right now to be sitting in a cushy office, talking about websites and calendars and beer promotions when 48 hours ago I was in the middle of the biggest news story I’ve ever covered in my career.”
“I would die a happy man if I never witness anything like I saw on Saturday,” Kelly added.
On Monday, he told his former employer that he learned of the prize after stepping off a flight from Amsterdam, where he was awarded second-place for the photograph by the World Press Photo organization.
“I’m just standing here, waiting for my luggage, and it feels wild,” he told >The Daily Progress. “I’ve looked up to the Pulitzer prizes for a long time and it’s hard to believe I’m part of that.”
He added, “The violence was terrible and I’m still heartbroken for the injured, and especially Heather Heyer’s family.”
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