Francine Orr has been a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times since 2000. Previously, she was as a staff photographer at the Kansas City Star. Orr served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia. While there, she learned how to be a quiet observer and gained a love for stories. She has worked extensively in the Pacific Islands, Africa and Asia, focusing on poverty, corruption, HIV/AIDS and victims of rebels, rape and the Asian tsunami. Her six-part series “Living on Pennies,” inspired readers to donate tens of thousands of dollars to aid agencies working in Africa. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in Feature Photography in 2012. Other awards include the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, honored by Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), Center for Public Integrity’s Daniel Pearl Award, Pictures of the Year International, National Press Photographers Assn., Society of Newspaper Design, Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service, Harry Chapin Award, Los Angeles Press Club, National Headliner Award, Sidney Hillman Award, and Los Angeles Times Editorial Awards. Orr was born and raised in Colorado and earned a bachelor's degrees in both history and art from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kan.