Essdras M Suarez was born in Panama, and lives here with his wife Sara and their spoiled cat Duncan. A graduate of the University of Florida, Suarez joined the staff of The Boston Globe in 2002 after six years on staff at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, where he shared the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in spot news. Suarez has covered the Iraq war, conflict in Haiti, the Asian tsunami aftermath, and Israeli settlement evacuation among his many foreign assignments. Other assignments for the Globe have taken him to Sudan, Egypt, Laos, Cambodia, Venezuela, Brazil, Russia, Panama, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Indonesia, France, Israel, Iraq, Kuwait, China, and Turkey, as well as countless domestic locations. He taught photojournalism to the Salvadoran press corps under the auspices of the US State Department, and more recently at the Universidad Veritas in San Jose, Costa Rica. He has spoken to students at Boston University, Wellesley College, Northeastern University and other colleges. In addition to sharing the Pulitzer Prize, he has won numerous other awards including the Robert F. Kennedy International Photojournalism Award, the Headliner Award for International Photojournalism, the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation Gold Award, several awards of excellence from the Society for News Design, and several awards by the Colorado Press Association and the Boston Press Photographers Association. He enjoys martial arts, mountain biking, rock climbing, yoga, and reading fiction books.