Carol Guzy completed her studies to become a registered nurse when a change of heart led her to the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida to study photography. She graduated in 1980 with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Photography. While at the Art Institute, she interned at the Miami Herald and upon graduation was hired as a staff photographer. She spent eight years at the newspaper before moving to Washington, D.C. in 1988 where she became a staff photographer at The Washington Post through 2014.
Guzy is the first journalist to receive a fourth Pulitzer, most recently for her coverage of the Haitian earthquake in 2010. Previously she was honored twice with the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for her coverage of the military intervention in Haiti and the devastating mudslide in Armero, Colombia. She received her third Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for her work in Kosovo. Guzy has been named Photographer of the Year for the National Press Photographers Association three times and eight times by the White House News Photographers Association, among many other prestigious awards in photojournalism. She specializes in long-form documentary human-interest projects, news and feature stories – both domestic and international – and is currently a contract photographer with Zuma Press.