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Brian munoz

Reporting for The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale


Southern Illinois African American museums adapt to pandemic amid growing interest in Black history


University museums work behind the scenes as pandemic forces closures, cancellations

Brian Munoz is a freelance multimedia journalist and visual storyteller based in southern Illinois. He is a graduate from Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he received his degree in journalism.

Munoz was named a 2019 ProPublica Emerging Reporter and is a former Pulitzer Center grantee, where he examined the intersection of education and mental health on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in rural South Dakota. He also is a contributor to “Taken,” a collaborative investigation on civil asset forfeiture supported by the Pulitzer Center. 

His work has been recognized by organizations such as the National Press Photographers Association, the Hearst Journalism Awards, the Illinois College Press Association and the Associated College Press. 

Munoz is a member of the NPPA, the Eddie Adams XXXI class, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. His work has appeared in regional and national publications such as The New York Times, USA Today, The Atlantic, CNN, Thomson Reuters and The Southern Illinoisan.

Examples of his work include:

Officials tight-lipped on Pulaski County Detention Center outbreak as detainees fear for their lives

Class of COVID-19: Southern Illinois high school seniors face uncertainty amid pandemic

Southern Illinois religious groups, leaders weigh future of worship in COVID-19 world