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Former Monitor photographer Andrea Bruce chosen for Nieman program

Last modified: 5/16/2015 11:21:00 PM
Former Monitor photojournalist Andrea Bruce, whose work covering the War on Terror for more than a decade has brought her international fame, has been chosen for the 2016 Class of Nieman Fellows.

Twenty-four journalists from around the world were chosen by the Nieman Foundation to participate in an academic year of study at Harvard University this fall.

Bruce will study “the history of democratic theory and new storytelling techniques beyond photography,” according to a Nieman press release last week.

After the Monitor, Bruce worked at the Washington Post for eight years before becoming a freelancer. She covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and became known for her powerful images that focused on people living in the aftermath of war.

“I wanted to be a community journalist,” Bruce wrote on her personal blog, posted online. “I guess there is a whole generation of us photographers who probably didn’t really think we would become war photographers until September 11. That’s how I started. I didn’t really think that it would be something I would want to do until I realized that you need community journalists in Afghanistan and Iraq almost more than you need them in the States.”

Through her pictures, Bruce showed stories in war zones that often went unreported, such as prostitution in Iraq as a means for women to feed their families.

Her blog writings note that Bruce’s work ethic and dedication led to her divorce and a nomadic lifestyle of living out of suitcases.

“Some people look at us women and think that we have somewhat sad lifestyles,” Bruce wrote. “But I’m kinda like, ‘Are you kidding me?! This is the best life!’ We see the most amazing things, we meet the most amazing people.”

(Ray Duckler can be reached at 369-3304 or or on Twitter 


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