UPDATE: Wesley Lowery and his colleagues at the Washington Post were awarded the Pulitzer Prize in the national reporting category Monday.

The same year that Wesley Lowery was named “Emerging Journalist of the Year,” he was arrested for doing his job while covering the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. The unrest came a day after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a young black man, by a white police officer.

The issue hit close to home for Lowery, who said that covering the issue as a black man was personal. Brown reminded Lowery of someone who would have been a friend of his cousins, just playing video games in the basement.

The issue was difficult, personal and trying, but following the coverage of Ferguson, Lowery’s employer, The Washington Post, came to the forefront of reporting on the changing dynamic between law enforcement and the communities they are meant to protect.

“My job is a devotion to the truth, and not a devotion to anything else,” Lowery said. It would have been easy to understand how a young man reporting on such a tough issue that hits close to home would have deterred Lowery, but it only emboldened him. And that is why Lowery is Rare.

Yasmeen Alamiri is a political reporter for Rare. Follow her on Twitter @Yalamiri
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