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Philadelphia Homeless Man Wins International Journalism Award | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | ABC News / US

Jose Espinosa was in the financial services industry for almost 30 years. He dabbled in acting, sharing the screen with Glenn Close and Mariska Hargitay, and he is a tournament chess player. He attended Bronx Community College and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

The fact that he just won an international journalism award might not sound far-fetched, except for the fact that he did it as a homeless man in Philadelphia.

“I’m not the typical homeless person,” said Espinosa, 58. “I’m a very well-rounded individual.”

Espinosa was recently awarded with the honor of Best Interview from the International Network of Street Papers for a profile he wrote of another homeless man.

That man was Matthew Saad Muhammad, the light-heavyweight boxing champion of the world from 1977 to 1980. Muhammad entered the shelter in 2010.

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