Born in Sumter, South Carolina and raised in Summerville, South Carolina, Paul “Tru1P” Holston has considered himself a writer and photographer since 2009. He currently resides in Northeast Washington D.C. and currently works as a Rhoden Fellow for ESPN’s The Undefeated. Paul recently served as the 2016-2017 editor-in-chief of Howard University’s student newspaper, The Hilltop, and completed an internship as a Global News Intern for The Associated Press.
Joining the United States Army at the age of 17 in 2009, Paul served as both a public affairs specialist and photojournalist, which was the beginning of his ambitious career in the mass communications field. He has covered numerous stories and events throughout his over five-year career for the military, both in the United States and overseas. His assignments included working at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, an overseas tour to South Korea in 2009 and a combat tour to Baghdad, Iraq in 2011 during Operation New Dawn. Recently in June 2014, Paul completed his military service with a honorable discharge at the rank of sergeant.
Currently, Paul is attending the prestigious Howard University within its School of Communications in Washington, D.C., where he is continuing to pursue his Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) majoring in journalism (print/online) & minoring in photography. Upon graduation, Holston hopes to enter the Mass Communications career field by bringing a breath of fresh air to both the journalism and photography world as a multimedia journalist and photojournalist. With his cool, calm, and collective personality, high caliber work ethic, and unique skills with his cameras, Holston hopes to continue to push for conveying the truth through his writing and visuals.
Along with his background, Holston’s interests include writing poetry, photography, and being involved in both social justice and advocacy in his community.
He is currently a member of:
–Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Chapter
–National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
–NABJ Howard University Student Chapter (HUABJ)
–National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
–NNPA Howard University Student Chapter (HUNPPA) (founding member)
–National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
–NAACP Howard University Student Chapter (HUNAACP)