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Carolyn Cole is a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times, where she has worked for over ten years covering national and international news. A graduate of the University of Texas, Carolyn began her career at the El Paso Herald Post in 1986, and also worked as a staff photographer for the San Francisco Examiner and Sacramento Bee before joining the LA Times in 1994. Carolyn won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for feature photographer for her coverage of the civil crisis in Liberia. She has also won several World Press Photo Awards and was named the 2007 Photojournalist of the Year in the NPPA's Best of Photojournalism competition.

Cole participated in the May 2008 MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop. She had the following to say about her experience:


With seven days of hands-on training, I now have a better understanding of the possibilities multimedia offers in telling stories more completely. It is exciting to see what can be done in just one week. The MediaStorm Workshop not only taught me important multimedia skills, it made me a better journalist. I have already started to put the lessons I learned into use.