Pulitzer Prize Photography: The Oklahoma City Bombing

1996 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography

A one-year-old victim of the Oklahoma City bombing is cradled by a local fireman. (Charles H. Porter IV)

The latest episode of the Newseum Podcast’s Pulitzer Prize Photos series features an interview with Charles Porter IV, who captured this heartbreaking scene from the aftermath of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Porter was an aspiring journalist at the time, working in the loan department of a bank near the Murrah Building. When the blast shook the bank building, Porter grabbed his camera and ran to document the story. The explosion killed 168 people, including 1-year-old Baylee Almon, the child in Porter’s picture. Porter won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography in 1996.

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