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Stephanie Welsh (born 27 June 1973) is an American photographer turned midwife. During her photography career, Welsh became the youngest person to win a Pulitzer Prize when she won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for her photographs on a Kenyan circumcision. While in nursing, she was the secretary of the American College of Nurse Midwives from 2014 to 2015 before her promotion to vice president.

Stephanie Welsh
Born (1973-06-27) June 27, 1973 (age 46)
Known forPhotography
AwardsPulitzer Prize for Feature Photography (1996)

Early life and educationEdit

Welsh was born on 27 June 1973 in Quantico, Virginia.[1] She completed a Bachelor of Science at Syracuse University in 1995 and a Master of Science at Yale University in 2002.[2]


Welsh began her career as a newspaper intern in Syracuse before moving to Nairobi to work at the Daily Nation in 1994.[3] She returned to the United States in 1996 to become a photographer for The Palm Beach Post and remained with the newspaper until 1999 when she left photography.[4] After retiring from photography, Welsh became a midwife at an ob/gyn in Mansfield, Connecticut.[2] During her nursing career, Welsh taught at multiple universities include the University of Connecticut and Georgetown University. Outside of teaching, she was a secretary for the Connecticut branch of the American College of Nurse Midwives from 2014 to 2015 before being promoted to vice president.[5]

Awards and honorsEdit

Welsh won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for her photographs of a female genital mutilation in Kenya.[6] Age 22 at the time of her award, she is the youngest person to win a Pulitzer.[7] Her Kenyan circumcision photos won second place during the 1996 World Press Photo contest in the People in the News category.[8] Welsh's photographs were added to the compilations of photos held at the Newseum and St. Lawrence University.[2]


  1. ^ Fischer, Heinz-Dietrich (2014). Foreign Correspondents Report From Africa: Pulitzer Prize Winning Articles and Pictures. Pulitzer Prize Panorama. 8. Zurich: LIT Verlag. p. 121. ISBN 9783643904416. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Stephanie Welsh". Mansfield OB GYN. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  3. ^ Brennan,, Elizabeth A.; Clarage, Elizabeth C. (1999). Who's who of Pulitzer Prize Winners. Phoenix: Oryx Press. p. 213. ISBN 1573561118. Retrieved 23 March 2018.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  4. ^ Bussche, Eric Vanden (21 May 2005). "Accelerated programs make nursing attractive career move". Palm Beach Post. p. 4D.
  5. ^ "Affiliate Officers". American College of Nurse-Midwives. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Stephanie Welsh". Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  7. ^ Tenore, Mallary Jean (2012-04-16). "Sara Ganim, 24, wins Pulitzer for coverage of Penn State sex abuse scandal". Poynter. Retrieved 2018-04-08.
  8. ^ "1996 Stephanie Welsh PNS2-AL". World Press Photo. Retrieved 24 March 2018.