Marcus Yam is a roving Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent and staff photographer. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, he left a career in aerospace engineering to become a photographer. His goal: to take viewers to the frontlines of conflict, struggle and intimacy. His approach is deeply rooted in curiosity and persistence. In 2022, Yam won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for images documenting the U.S. departure from Afghanistan that capture the human cost of the historic change in the country. In 2019, Yam was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Journalism Award for his unflinching body of work showing the everyday plight of Gazans during deadly clashes in the Gaza Strip. He was also part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning breaking news teams that covered the San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist attacks in 2015 for the Los Angeles Times and the deadly landslide in Oso, Wash. in 2014, for the Seattle Times. His previous work has also earned an Emmy Award for News and Documentary, World Press Photo Award, DART Award for Trauma Coverage, Scripps Howard Visual Journalism Award, Picture of the Year International’s Newspaper Photographer of the Year Award, Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award, National Headliner Award and an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. When he’s not working, Yam likes minimizing and organizing his life for efficiency for emergencies.
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In parts of eastern Ukraine, the Ukraine military is not necessarily fighting on friendly ground.
A sense of death hangs over cities in eastern Ukraine
The Times’ Marcus Yam is back in eastern Ukraine, where fighting remains fierce and residents continue to endure with no end in sight.
Russia once sought to topple Ukraine’s government. Ukraine fought off the assault on Kyiv, but Russian forces are having more success since shifting their offensive to the east.
The 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography goes to Marcus Yam, the sixth L.A. Times journalist to win a Pulitzer for photography categories.
For Ukrainian women seeking safety as they give birth, it is an ordeal more terrifying than war. ‘We can’t abandon our patients,’ maternity ward supervisor says.
In heavily bombarded Kharkiv, a Ukrainian soldier guards what’s left of a landmark building. ‘We unite and fight back,’ he says.
What had been a thriving metropolis of nearly 1.5 million people, Kharkiv, remains in Ukrainian hands, but at an enormous cost.
President Biden calls the Ukraine conflict an “inflection point” in the struggle between democracy and autocracy.
A Holocaust survivor, killed by a missile strike on his apartment, is buried amid the devastation of the war in Ukraine.