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VisCom's Marcus Yam wins Emmy Award

Alex Koumas | Oct 25, 2011

VisCom’s Marcus Yam wins Emmy Award

By Alex Koumas, ak289507@ohio.edu

ATHENS, OHIO (Oct. 25, 2011) – Marcus Yam, an alumnus of Ohio University, has won an Emmy Award in the New Approaches to News and Documentary Coverage category for current news.

Yam completed his coursework in 2010 for his M.A. in Photography with the School of Visual Communication. Throughout his time at Ohio University, Yam discovered his passion and his aspiration for photography in terms of the American experience.

Throughout the years, Yam has been a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, and many other prestigious press companies.

The Emmy Award is for a multimedia project that chronicles the lives of a single American battalion over their yearlong deployment in Afghanistan. This project captured snatches of military life in Afghanistan that went unseen by civilians and they conducted interviews with members of the battalion. Most importantly, this project examined what it means to be a soldier in today’s world. Yam was the main photographer and also created video for the project alongside Damon Winter.

To learn more about this project, please visithttp://www.nytimes.com/interactive/world/battalion.html.