Julio Cortez

Photographer, The Associated Press

Julio Cortez is a staff photographer for The Associated Press covering Baltimore. A graduate of Cal State University, Northridge, and a native of Mexico City, Julio began his career as a reporting stringer for the LA Times and LA Daily News out of high school. He covered mostly high school and college sports for the Daily News while working his way through college. Also, during college, Julio participated in photography internships ranging from Spanish publications in Dallas and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a mid-size paper in West Texas and The Associated Press in Chicago. Julio’s career as an AP staff photojournalist started with an 8.5-year assignment covering New Jersey. The Impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump, Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Boston Marathon bombing terrorists manhunt and Superstorm Sandy are among notable news events he has photographed. He photographed the London and Rio Summer Olympics, the Sochi and Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. On the lighter side of things, Julio loves photographing the moon, and he has lined up the celestial body with many landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building.