White-tailed Deer Fawn

A white-tail deer fawn rests on the edge of a field in Greensburg, PA. 

Pittsburgh Marathon

Runners are blurred by a slow camera shutter speed as they begin the 2015 Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 3, 2015.
Runners await the start of the 2015 Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon
 Hand cyclists at the start of the 2015 Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon.
 Stephen Njoroge of Kenya approaches the finish line.
 A runner cools off in the mist of an open fire hydrant.
Emergency personnel rush a 25-year-old runner who collapsed just shy of the finish line after suffering cardiac arrest.  The medics performed CPR and used a defibrillator to restart his heart.
Clara Santucci of Dilliner, Green County, won the Pittsburgh Marathon women's race for the second straight year.
 Stephen Njoroge of Kenya wins the Pittsburgh marathon men's race.
Stephen Njoroge of Kenya, wrapped in the Kenyan flag, walks away from the finish line after winning the 2015 Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

Society for Creative Anachronism

Members of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands of the Kingdom of Aethelmearc, a branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), practice at Highland Park along Washington Boulevard on April 19, 2015.

60th Anniversary of the Salk Polio Vaccine

This month, the world marked the 60th anniversary of Jonas Salk's polio vaccine. Ten years ago I traveled to India on assignment for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review to document what was believed to be India's final efforts to eradicate the disease. Unfortunately, it wasn't. It took the country another eight years to finally be considered polio-free by the World Health Organization. This is a collection of some of my images from that trip in 2005. 

To read 'An Unfinished Miracle,' the reporting by my colleagues, Jennifer Bails and Luis Fábregas visit the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 

Rainy Day Stroll

Willow Monaghan, 2, of Sharpsburg, keeps dry beneath her umbrella as she walks around Highland Park on a rainy Thursday afternoon, April 16, 2015.


A woman walks past a shattered window of the GNC store along Walnut Street in Shadyside on Sunday afternoon, April 12, 2015.  The window was one of many damaged by vandals on Friday night.


Natalia Backos, 7, of Greensburg, sits with "Promise" a veteran grand champion standard schnauzer, that she showed at the Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association dog show at the Monroeville Convention Center, on Sunday, April 5, 2015.

The Day's End

Andy Lydon, 30, of Butler, is reflected in a pond, as he walks his dog, Zoey, across the Butler County Community College's campus as the sun sets on April 1, 2015.

R Bar Open Stage

Craig King on bass, Twizzy Thornhill on drums and Max Woodhall on guitar perform at open stage night at the R Bar in Dormont on Wednesday evening, March 18, 2015.

Capes 4 Heros

October Twisdale, 6, of New Castle, Delaware peers out of a telephone booth after Captain America gave him a cape during the Capes4Heros event at the Ronald McDonald House of Pittsburgh in Lawrenceville on Wednesday evening, March 18, 2015.  Capes4Heros hosted a superhero celebration and distributed 150 capes to children facing life-threatening challenges.

Accident Scene

Emergency workers stand with victims of a car accident along Liberty Avenue near 16th Street in the Strip District on Monday, March 16, 2015.

Paying in Advance

Sandy Brown, 61, poses for a portrait in her Saxonburg home on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Brown had breast cancer surgery in December.  On the day before surgery, she received a call from the hospital asking for payment or else they would cancel the procedure. Read Luis Fabragas' story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

WWE Daniel Bryan

Bryan Keller, 4, of Farrell, PA flexes his muscles with WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan as the professional wrestler visits with patients and their families at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC on Monday afternoon, March 9, 2015. The WWE Superstars and Divas visited the hospital as part of "Conner's Cure," an organization named in honor of Conner Michalek who passed away at age 8 from medulloblastoma, a rare tumor that affects the brain and spinal cord.  "Conner's Cure" provides funds for pediatric brain and spinal cancer research and medical care for children and their families.


Cyndi Gropp of Gibsonia pulls her grandson, Harrison, 3, on a sled as her husband, Fred, follows behind at North Park on a snowy Sunday, March 1, 2015.

Skating with Elsa

Nicole Geiger-Holloway dressed as "Elsa," left, pulls Abby Gerst, 8, of Fawn Township, Jessica White, 9, of Highlands, Stephanie Vozar dressed as "Anna," and Danni Wolverton, 8, of Pine Township at North Park's Ice Rink on Sunday, March 1, 2015. 

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher

University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher speaks at the honors convocation after being installed as the university's 18th chancellor at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.

Petite Mort

Yoshiaki Nakano and Alexandra Kochis rehearse "Petite Mort" at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater in the Strip District on Feb. 25, 2015.

Study Time

Savannah St. Clair, 14, studies her geography homework as she sits in her father, Chuck's booth, St. Clair Taxidermy out of Boswell, PA, at the Allegheny Sport, Travel and Outdoor Show at Monroeville Convention Center on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.


Ice floats on the frozen Allegheny River near the North Shore on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.

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Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Justin Merriman, an award-winning photojournalist with the Tribune-Review, has spent more than a decade traveling the world to cover politics, wars, natural disasters and civil unrest. His work has appeared in leading national and international publications and he has received numerous top journalism awards. After covering the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks – including the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville – Merriman committed to chronicling the U.S. military and its War on Terror. He has followed this story across the US and into the war zones of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. He also has covered life in Fidel Castro’s Cuba in 2002, India’s efforts to eradicate polio, the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba in 2012, the 2013 conclave and election of Pope Francis in Rome, the second anniversary of Egypt's revolution and subsequent unrest, and most recently, Russia's invasion of Crimea and the international crisis that unfolded in Ukraine. Merriman lives in Oakmont with his fiancĂ©, Stephanie Strasburg.

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