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 most recently worked as a Rhoden Fellow for ESPN’s The Undefeated. Paul is a recent 2017 Howard University graduate (Magna Cum Laude), earning a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Media, Journalism, & Film (Major: Journalism (Print/Online); Minor: Photography). Paul previously 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.
Prior to transferring to Howard, Paul is a military veteran who enlisted in the United States Army from 2009-2014 and served as both a public affairs specialist and photojournalist. During his over five-year career, he covered numerous stories and events 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 (E-5).
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.
–National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
–National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
–National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)