Smiley N. Pool has spent his career collecting images that capture critical stories of our time and the memorable moments in individual peoples lives. He’s covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and 9/11, the travels and funeral of Pope John Paul II, seven Olympic games, professional sporting events like the Super Bowl and NBA finals, visiting dignitaries and presidential inaugurations, and many other major local, national and international news events.
Pool was a key contributor to the Dallas Morning News’ coverage of Hurricane Katrina, which won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography. He is a seven-time winner of the National Press Photographers Association regional photographer of the year award, as well as numerous other local, state and national awards. His portfolio of work for 2005 was judged runner up for Photojournalist of the Year honors in the Best of Photojournalism competition.
A native Texan who was born in Galveston, Pool is currently the chief photographer and photo coach at the Houston Chronicle. He has also worked for the Dallas Morning News, Colorado Springs Gazette and Austin American Statesman. He was hired full time following his internship at the Austin American Statesman as a college freshman and freelanced for the weekly Suburban Journal newspapers in St. Louis as high school senior.