Phil Didion – UC Clermont alumni and photojournalist for The Cincinnati Enquirer – has recently been recognized for his work on the Enquirer’s Pulitzer winning piece: Seven Days of Heroin.
He was one of over sixty journalists who collaborate on this piece; following heroin’s destructive path over the course of a single week.
The article reports that heroin was the cause of eighteen deaths and 180 over-doses, during the span of just seven days. “One of the main points of this story is that anyone can be affected by this heroin epidemic,” said Didion.
He had only been with the Enquirer for two weeks before getting this assignment.
“The whole newsroom erupted,” he said, recalling the shock and excitement when the Enquirer learned of its Pulitzer win. “I never thought that would be something I could add to my résumé.”
Didion is grateful for the time he spent at UCC as one of the founding editors of the East Fork Literary Journal and his work for The Lantern – the latter being where he started his career in journalism. “It was a really fun time,” he reflected, “I got to work with some really cool people and start doing something for the school.”