Jan. 28, 2019

The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) has awarded its highest honor, the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, to Michelle Agins ’77 for her commitment to the craft of visual journalism and to education that advances the profession. Michelle joined the staff of The New York Times in June 1989 as the paper's second-ever African-American female photographer.

She has received two Pulitzer Prize nominations and in 2001, Michelle and her colleagues won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for their series “How Race Is Lived in America.” In a career that spans over 30 years, Michelle has consistently maintained the highest level of work and continues to cover her community with heart, soul and an incredible eye. 

Michelle will be presented with the award during a ceremony in New Jersey on March 9.

Read more: NPPA honors Agins’, Krantz’s work, dedication with Sprague Award