Thomas E. Franklin is an award-winning photographer, multimedia journalist, and documentary filmmaker. Best known for his iconic flag-raising photograph taken at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001, his widely recognized image was featured on the United States Postal Service fundraising Heroes stamp. Proceeds have generated over $10 million dollars for those affected by 9/11.
He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2002, Life cited the image as one of the 100 Photographs That Changed the World, and the photo is part of the permanent collection of the Library of Congress, the Newseum, and the National September 11 Museum. His other photography work has been widely recognized by POYi, NPPA, and SPJ.
Since 2007, he has focused mostly on video and multimedia reporting. He has produced award-winning documentaries on the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Greece, the recent heroin epidemic in North Jersey, and toxic dumping by the Ford Motor Company on Native American community. The Toxic Legacy video series was nominated for a local Emmy.
For the 10th anniversary of 9/11 he produced two award-winning films, Newfound Friends is the heart-warming tale of extraordinary hospitality shown by the people of Newfoundland, after spontaneously hosting 6,800 stranded passengers on 9/11. Witness to History chronicles the dramatic stories of photographers who covered the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, 2001.
Currently, Tom is working on a number of projects related to immigration and the Syrian Refugee Crisis, immigration, and the legalization of marijuana. He is an Assistant Professor in Multi-platform Journalism at Montclair State University in New Jersey.