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Former Westporter Hicks wins Pulitzer for mall attack photos

Tyler Hicks, a 1988 Staples High School graduate, has been awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography, according to the Pulitzer Prize website.

Hicks, a senior photographer for The New York Times, was awarded the prize for his "compelling pictures that showed skill and bravery in documenting the unfolding terrorist attack at Westgate Mall in Kenya."

In 2001, Hicks received the ICP Infinity Award for Photojournalism for coverage of Afghanistan, as well as other awards, including World Press and Pictures of the Year and Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France.

Hicks was part of the Times team that won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and he was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year by Pictures of the Year International for his work in 2006.

On March 16, 2011, Hicks and three other journalists -- including fellow Staples graduate and prize-winning photographer Lynsey Addario -- were taken hostage in Libya, while on assignment for The Times, covering the revolution. After six days in captivity, Hicks and his colleagues were released.

On Feb. 16, 2012, Hicks was in Syria with Anthony Shadid, The Times Beirut bureau chief and twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting when Shadid died, apparently from asthma. Hicks carried Shadid's body across the border to Turkey.

In 2013, Hicks and Addario had their images chosen by New York Times editors for the paper's "Year in Pictures" that included Hicks' photos from the Westgate Mall.

Hicks graduated in 1992 with a B.A. in journalism from Boston University. He was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil..

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