Marcus Yam is a roving Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent and staff photographer. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, he left a career in aerospace engineering to become a photographer. His goal: to take viewers to the frontlines of conflict, struggle and intimacy. His approach is deeply rooted in curiosity and persistence. In 2019, Yam was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Journalism Award for his unflinching body of work documenting the everyday plight of Gazans during deadly clashes in the Gaza Strip. He was also part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning breaking news teams that covered the San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist attacks in 2015 for the Los Angeles Times and the deadly landslide in Oso, Wash. in 2014, for the Seattle Times. His previous work has also earned an Emmy Award for News and Documentary, World Press Photo Award, DART Award for Trauma Coverage, Scripps Howard Visual Journalism Award, Picture of the Year International’s Newspaper Photographer of the Year Award, Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award, National Headliner Award and an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. When he’s not working, Yam likes minimizing and organizing his life for efficiency for emergencies.
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The State Department is trying to relocate some of the family members to the United States. Ten people, including seven children, were killed in a Aug. 29 drone strike the U.S. called a ‘tragic mistake.’
U.S. officials called the errant drone strike that killed 10 in Afghanistan a ‘tragic mistake.’ The family is still waiting for it to be rectified.
Afghans short-listed for the prestigious scholarship say they’ve been forgotten since the Taliban took power. Deadlines loom to apply to U.S. schools.
Restless Kabul residents ponder what remains and what changes in the Afghan capital after more than a month of Taliban rule.