Richard Cross began his career as a photographer after college at the Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. However, he soon found himself working as an agricultural photographer for the Peace Corps in Columbia. In 1979, he was drawn north to document the wars raging in El Salvador and Honduras. There, Cross freelanced for major news outlets including U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, and the Associated Press and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his work in the region. He was killed along with Dial Torgerson, a Los Angeles Times reporter, in a car struck by an explosive on June 21st. Before his death, he co-authored two books, Nicaragua: La Guerra de Liberacion and Ma Ngombe: Guerreros Ganaderos en Palenque.