Patrick Farrell has been a photographer at The Miami Herald since 1987. He is the recipient of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for his photographs of the devastation in Haiti caused by a particularly brutal hurricane season.
Farrell has documented three decades of major news events, both locally and abroad, including the 1989 race riots in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood; political and civil unrest in Haiti during the 1994 military rule of that country; the 1999 earthquake in Turkey; the Columbine High School massacre; childhood poverty in the Americas and Hurricane Andrew’s 1992 path of destruction in South Florida, for which he and the Miami Herald staff won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Farrell has won numerous awards for his coverage of Haiti, including the first place 2009 National Headliner Award for Photo Essay, two first-place awards in 2008 from Pictures of the Year International, and a Feature Photography Award in 2008 from the Overseas Press Club. He started his career working at two small South Florida dailies.