Ted Jackson was born in McComb, Miss., in 1956 and is a
graduate of Parklane Academy, Southwest Mississippi Junior
College and the University of Southern Mississippi.
After two years with the Daily Iberian in New Iberia,
La, he joined the New Orleans Times-Picayune in
1984. While covering news, sports and daily assignments
for the paper, he photographed his first major photo essay, “Desire,
Death of a Dream,” an essay on life in the Desire
housing development, one of the country’s worst.
Other projects have included the opening of the Berlin
Wall, the Persian Gulf War, life in Cuba and political
upheaval in Haiti. In 2003, he photographed “LEAP
Year,” a local story about high-stakes school testing,
where he documented one eighth-grade class through their
year as they prepared for the LEAP test. The photos won
the 2003 American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for
In 1997, he was one of a four-person team that won a Pulitzer
Prize for public service for “Oceans of Trouble,” a
comprehensive look at the impending collapse of the world’s
fisheries. Through the years, he has covered the physical
destruction and emotional trauma of earthquakes and hurricanes,
most notably, Hurricane Katrina. For their coverage of
Hurricane Katrina, the Times-Picayune staff won a Pulitzer
for public service and another for breaking news.
Ted and his wife, Nancy, live in Covington, La.