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Joe Marquette (1937 - 2016)

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Joe Marquette (1937 - 2016)

Joe Marquette, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who covered the Olympics and Super Bowls, has died at the age of 79, according to The Associated Press.

Marquette died Nov. 5 at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after a lengthy illness.

Marquette worked with The Associated Press for a decade. He also worked for other news organizations, including United Press International, Reuters, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1999 in the category of feature photography for coverage of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. He shared this award with a team of AP photographers.


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Marquette started out covering sporting events and then moved on to politics.

Some of his most recognizable photos include one of Washington Redskins fullback John Riggins scoring the winning touchdown in the 1984 Super Bowl. His photo of British runner Sebastian Coe winning the gold medal in the 1,500-meter race at the Moscow Olympics won first place in sports in the World Press photo contest.

Ron Edmonds, a photographer who worked with Marquette for many years, said he was "60 percent comedian in dealing with everyday life, but on top of that, he was one of the best photojournalists in the business."

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