Marie D. De Jesús is an award-winning, staff photojournalist at the Houston Chronicle and the first Latina president of NPPA. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the team category of Public Service and is a winner of the staff award for Public Service Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation. Marie’s works tell the stories of underrepresented communities, including migrants and refugees, and focuses on subjects such as education and culture. Marie was born and raised in Puerto Rico, five miles from the Arecibo Observatory and is a proud member of her tiny family of three consisting of her partner Myr Olivares and their dog Kodak.

Awards List:

Finalist: Pulitzer Prize - Public Service - April 2017
Winner: Public Service Award: Scripps Howard Foundation - March 2017
Winner: The Charles E. Green Awards (2016) - Tapb and Tapme Best online package
Second Place: APME (Texas) Best Video under two minutes - March 2017
Third Place: APME (Texas) Best Video under two minutes - March 2017 
Winner: Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service Journalism for "Denied"
Third Place: Star Photojournalist of the Year (Class 4A) - March 2016
Honorable Mention: NPPA Best of Photojournalism - 2016

Twitter: @mariedennise
Instagram: @mariedennise
Phone: 585.520.6921
Email: dejesuslb6@gmail.com

Photo by Jen Rynda

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