Rocco Morabito

To the community of Jacksonville, Fla., he was a legend. To the rest of the world, Rocco Morabito, who died on April 5 at 88, was the creator of The Kiss of Life, the first spot-news photograph ever to win a Pulitzer Prize, in 1968.

As a staff photographer for the now defunct Jacksonville Journal, Morabito, then a 27-year veteran of the paper, was driving back to the newsroom in July 1967 after covering a railroad strike when he passed a group of utility workers by the side of the road, shouting about an unconscious, electrocuted co-worker dangling from a pole.


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