Donna De Cesare is a 2013 Recipient of the Maria Moors Cabot Award for Journalism Enhancing InterAmerican Understanding. This prestigious award is the oldest award for foreign correspondence and like the Pulitzer is a major career recognition bestowed by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Professor De Cesare joined the UT Faculty following a 20-year career as an award-winning freelance visual journalist. She continues to report on Latin America and is an affiliate faculty with the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies at UT.
Professor. De Cesare's photographic work is frequently exhibited nationally and internationally in museums and in spaces hosting art that fosters public education on issues of social concern. Her bi-lingual documentary book: Unsettled / Desasosiego: Children in a World of Gangs published in 2013 by the University of Texas Press, has won recognition in the Best Photographic book category of Pictures of the Year international and been favorably reviewed and featured in numerous publications a handful of which are mentioned here–– AfterImage, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Mother Jones, PRI's The World, and numerous NPR programs including Latino USA with Maria Hinojosa. Ms. De Cesare is currently a Master Teacher with the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Foundation for Latin American Journalism and a consultant to the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, at Columbia University.
Her previous honors and grants include, the Dorothea Lange Paul Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies, the Alicia Patterson Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts artist fellowship, the Mother Jones Award for Social Documentary Photography, a Soros Independent project fellowship, a Fulbright fellowship, an Open Society Foundations Audience Engagement grant among others. In Fall 2015 Professor De Cesare will be a faculty fellow of the UT Humanities Institute participating in the “Imagined Futures”seminar with an eye toward furthering her commitment to innovative interdisciplinary collaborations using visual documentary narrative to engage new audiences in public interest issues and activist scholarship.
For additional information about Professor De Cesare's interests and work please visit the following links for current projects, her author Facebook page, her archived and upcoming publications and media interviews, her archived and upcoming exhibitions and speaking engagements and a downloadable copy of her CV here.