Matt McClain is an award winning photojournalist based in Alexandria, VA. He is a staff photographer with The Washington Post. McClain has done assignments for People Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Getty Images, The Associated Press, AARP, 5280 Magazine, The State of Colorado, The Washington Post and The Denver Post, among others. McClain graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Indiana University in 1998. He worked as a staff photographer with the Ventura County Star from 2000 to 2006. McClain then joined the Rocky Mountain News from mid-2006 and worked there until the paper closed in February 2009. He was awarded 2nd place in 2010 World Press Photo for Daily Life Picture Story for “Finding Their Way”. This enterprise storyfocused on a blind man, who adopted a blind child from India with his wife, Lalena.
He was awarded the 2008 Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for Photojournalism for his work in 2007 at the Rocky. The portfolio included “Beyond the Boom”, which chronicled the impact of natural gas exploration and its effect on Colorado. McClain was also NPPA Region 10 Photographer of the Year in 2002,2003,2004,2005, and 2006. McClain has covered a variety of news events, including Ronald Reagan’s funeral, the 2004 Asian Tsunami, a deadly California mudslide, Colorado tornados, the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and most recently, Barack Obama’s Inauguration.