Michel du Cille was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Du Cille is a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. In April 2008 he shared the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service with writers, Anne Hull and Dana Priest of The Washington Post, exposing mistreatment of wounded veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The work evoked a national outcry, producing reforms by federal officials. He shared his first Pulitzer in spot news photography with fellow Miami Herald staff photographer Carol Guzy, on coverage of the November 1985 eruption of Colombia's Nevado Del Ruiz volcano, which caused a massive mudslide killing an estimated 25,000 people. In 1988 second Pulitzer, in feature photography, was awarded for his photo essay on crack cocaine addicts in a Miami housing project. Du Cille was appointed Assistant Managing Editor for Photography at The Washington Post in November of 2007; he joined The Post in 1988 as picture editor. His staff of the photographers, Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti recently won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking New Photography for their work on the Haiti earthquake and subsequent aftermath. In 2005 he was an associate editor working primarily as a project photojournalist until his appointment as AME/Photography. His current title is Director of Photography.
He joined The Miami Herald's photography staff in 1981 after internships at The Louisville Courier Journal/Times in 1979 and The Miami Herald in 1980. Du Cille began his career in photojournalism while in high school working at The Gainesville (GA) Times. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at Indiana University School of Journalism and holds a Master of Science degree in journalism from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University.