Brian Munoz is a freelance multimedia journalist based in southern Illinois. He is a recent graduate from Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he obtained his degree in journalism with a photojournalism emphasis. He previously worked at the Daily Egyptian, the university’s award-winning 103-year-old student newspaper, where he served as editor-in-chief, Director of Photography and an investigative reporter.
Munoz was named a 2019 ProPublica Emerging Reporter and was a Pulitzer Center reporting fellow for his work on Native American education in rural South Dakota. He also is a contributor to "Taken," a collaborative investigation on civil asset forfeiture supported by the Pulitzer Center.
Munoz's work has been recognized by organizations such as the Illinois College Press Association and the Associated College Press. He won the bronze medal in the 2019 Breaking News competition and was recognized as a 2019 National Photojournalism Semi-Finalist by the Hearst Journalism Awards. He is a member of the Eddie Adams XXXI class, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Press Photographers Association, and Investigative Reporters and Editors.