Trymaine Lee reporting from St. Louis, MO on "MSNBC Live" on August 10, 2015
Trymaine Lee, Pulitzer Prize winner and MSNBC National Reporter, was recently honored with a Salute to Excellence Award at the National Association for Black Journalist's annual convention in Minneapolis for his coverage of last year's protests in Ferguson, MO. MSNBC picked up two additional awards, dominating the Digital Media categories.
In a recent interview with POLITICO New York, Lee said that covering the Ferguson protests reminded him of "just how badly so many institutions have failed so many people, particularly African Americans." When asked how his experience in Ferguson changed him as a journalist, Lee emphasized that it "has reminded him to remain watchful and vigilant" in terms of telling the stories of those most impacted by government abuses.
Lee's career in journalism was largely influenced by his work in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. "Witnessing the strength and resilience of those forced from their homes and their city, and seeing what essentially was the collapse of government and order there, still sits with me," Lee said. "I emerged a stronger journalist." Lee's coverage of Hurricane Katrina earned him a Pulitzer Prize.
Lee has spent much of his career reporting on police and crime issues, as well as hundreds of other violent deaths of young African Americans. He acknowledges that this is "often difficult," but adds that "being in a position to tell these stories with an honest lens has been truly empowering."
Lee continues to tell the stories of impoverished communities in his new series "The Geography of Poverty" for MSNBC. In collaboration with photographer Matt Black, Lee travels across the country to document the struggles and triumphs of more than 70 poverty-stricken communities.
Watch Lee's award-winning segment here:
Read Lee's full interview with POLITICO New York here.