|Birth: ||Oct. 6, 1944|
|Death: ||Mar. 18, 2007|
The Middlesboro Daily News (KY)
March 21, 2007
Pulitzer Prize-winning Kentucky photographer Michael Coers dead at 62
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Michael Coers, who helped his newspapers win a Pulitzer Prize with his photograph of a black student and a white student as Louisville schools desegregated in 1975, has died of natural causes. He was 62.
Coers was found dead in his Louisville home Sunday, said his former wife, June Clausen Coers, who had been there to visit.
Coers' photograph was taken at what had been an all-white elementary school until the first day of court-ordered busing. The photograph showed the two students shaking hands in a classroom that was empty except for the boys.
It was among the photographs that earned The Courier-Journal and Louisville Times photo department the Pulitzer the following year.
Coers covered four mine disasters, tornadoes in 1974, and a sewer explosion in 1981 for the newspapers. He left in 1989 after 23 years because of complications from Lyme disease.
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