AFGANISTAN, 2001. Momo Juma, 56, sheds her pride to beg outside the gates of the Jamay Mosque in Khoja Bahauddin. Years of war have left many widows and refugee women in extreme poverty as they have little opportunity to work and earn money for themselves or their families. (Photo: Cheryl Diaz Meyer / The Dallas Morning News)

Cheryl Diaz Meyer

“The most important thing about photography to me is the idea that the pictures you make may make a difference.”


Cheryl Diaz Meyer is an independent visual journalist and storyteller based in Washington D.C. She formerly worked as the Visual Editor for McClatchy’s Washington Bureau, as a senior staff photographer and photo editor for the Dallas Morning News and a staff photographer for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. While at the Dallas Morning News she won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography with her colleague David Leeson for their photographs depicting the violence and poignancy of the war with Iraq. Diaz Meyer’s work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Marie Claire and other publications worldwide.

Workshop Assignment

Images from Cheryl’s EAW assignment: Despite the pressures of raising three children on her own and working two jobs, Rose Stewart has a loving yet sometimes violent relationship with her family.