Interview: Deanne Fitzmaurice, a staff photographer at the San Francisco Chronicle, talks to John McDermott about two of her most famous stories: one revealed the softer side of one of America’s most controversial sportsmen, and the other captured the hearts of readers all over the world and won her a Pulitzer Prize in 2005.

A cluster bomb, mistaken for a toy, had exploded killing Saleh’s older brother and leaving Saleh fighting for his life. “It was unbelievable,” recalls Deanne. “He looked so frail, so helpless. There were tubes everywhere, connecting him to all these machines. We honestly didn’t know how he was going to make it.”
© Deanne Fitzmaurice/San Francisco Chronicle
The blast that killed Saleh’s brother had left the boy with one eye, shrapnel in his brain, most of one arm missing, only a thumb and one finger on the other hand and his abdomen ripped wide open.