Kirk McKoy is a senior staff photographer at the Los Angeles Times, where he has worked for more than 31 years. Originally from South Carolina, McKoy is a graduate of the University of Maryland and Georgetown University. He was a key part of two Pulitzer-winning teams for his work covering the Los Angeles riots in 1992 and the Northridge earthquake in 1994. McKoy is also a former six-times judge for the Hearst Photojournalism competition. He strives for a whimsical style to his portraits, fashion and food photography to create one-of-a-kind images. “This has always been my dream, my passion, my gift. I continue to be amazed, every day, at the opportunities that we, as photographers have to express our vision - the ability to capture life moments, through stories, and see the spirit that lives within a single photograph.” McKoy will soon be joining The Times’ Washington, D.C., bureau as an East Coast photographer, editor and correspondent covering the 2020 presidential campaign.