Jahi Chikwendiu has been a photojournalist for The Washington Post since 2001. On the job, he has covered a wide range of stories that include D.C.’s broken school system, the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, AIDS and poverty in Kenya, genocide in Darfur, cluster bomb victims in South Lebanon and the 2011 formation of the world’s newest country, South Sudan. Chikwendiu spent the first three months of 2009 in Africa covering the Barack Obama inauguration from the Kenyan home village of the president’s father and other stories in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Kenya, and South Sudan. In 2014, he spent well over a month in Missouri covering the issues surrounding the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown. Before coming to The Post, Chikwendiu taught high school math for a year. During a spring break trip to The Post, he met photo editor Michel du Cille, who encouraged Chikwendiu with his interest in photography. Chikwendiu then spent a summer break as a freelance photographer at his Kentucky hometown newspaper, the Lexington Herald-Leader, which eventually offered him a full-time position. Two years later, he joined The Post.