St. Louis, MO, United States
Brian Munoz is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Carbondale, Illinois. He is a recent graduate from Southern Illinois University where he obtained his degree in photojournalism.
Munoz's passion for journalism started at the age of ten when he started up a monthly newsletter for his elementary school’s teachers. He continued his passion for media and storytelling through middle school through high school and during Munoz’s sophomore year of college he launched the hyperlocal news outlet, The Collinsville Chronicle.
He was named a 2019 ProPublica Emerging Reporter and was a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee for his work on Native American education in rural South Dakota. He is currently collaborating on a second Pultizer Center-funded project based on civil asset forfeiture trends, titled "Taken."
Munoz is an alumnus of the Gannett Pulliam Fellowship program where he worked as a photojournalism intern at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, Ariz. He was able to use his Spanish fluency during the internship by translating and reporting across various topics in the southwest. He has also interned at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a photojournalism intern.
He is a member of the Eddie Adams XXXI class, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Press Photographers Association. He served as the SIU NPPA chapter president from 2017-2019.
Munoz is available for assignments across Illinois and the Midwest.
2017 - ACP Photo Excellence Finalist / Honorable Mention, 2017 - Online Pacemaker Winner - The Daily Egyptian, 2016 - 1st Place - Spot News Photo, 2016 - 2nd Place - Photo Essay, 2016 - 3rd Place - General News Photo, 2015 - 2nd Place 2015 "Shoot Chicago" competition
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