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Troy Balderson by Justin Merriman

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Along the Promenade by Justin Merriman

Daren Johnson, 64, busks on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 along the promenade of the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall in Winchester, Va. Johnson, a retired school teacher and former supporter of Hillary Clinton, is exhausted by recent elections, but will vote in the upcoming gubernatorial election. Being uninsured and relying on a free healthcare clinic he cares deeply about the state of healthcare in America. Read more about this story in The New York Post

Staughton Lynd by Justin Merriman

Staughton Lynd, 87, a formidable figure in the ’60s social justice movement, sits in the basement of his Niles, Ohio home on Sept. 6, 2017.  Lynd, the Manhattan-born academic from Harvard, immediately became part of the fabric in the working-class community as a labor lawyer after Black Monday, the day when Youngstown Sheet and Tube abruptly furloughed 5,000 workers in one day.  Read more about Lynd and Black Monday in the New York Post

Shooting of a Judge by Justin Merriman

William 'Thuggy' Robinson sits on the porch of his longtime-friend Nathaniel "Snake" Richmond on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 in Steubenville, Ohio. Richmond was shot and killed Monday in front of the Jefferson County courthouse after he ambushed Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr., and open fired on him.  Justin Merriman for DailyMail.com

A photo of Nathaniel "Snake" Richmond sits on a table on his porch on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 in Steubenville, Ohio. Richmond was shot and killed Monday in front of the Jefferson County courthouse after he ambushed Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr., and open fired on him. Justin Merriman for DailyMail.com

Sheriff Fred Abdalla sits in his office as he discusses the shooting of Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr.,  on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 in Steubenville, Ohio. Justin Merriman for DailyMail.com

A statue stands on top of the Jefferson County courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.  Justin Merriman for DailyMail.com

A memorial sits at the site where an April 2015 fire took the lives of Mae Etta Richmond, 70, and Te'on Dillard, 2, along Wellesley Avenue in Steubenville, Ohio on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. The fire was part of a wrongful death suit that Nathaniel Richmond filed on behalf of his mother, Mae Etta and had pending before Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. Richmond was shot and killed on Monday after he ambushed the Judge Bruzzese outside of the Jefferson County courthouse. 
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Curtis Golsby stands in front of the home of Nathaniel "Snake" Richmond, after Golsby was released from the Jefferson County jail on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 in Steubenville, Ohio. Golsby was with Richmond when he went to the Jefferson County courthouse and ambushed Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr., and open fired on him. Richmond was shot and killed during the incident.  Justin Merriman for DailyMail.com

Nathaniel 'Snake' Richmond was killed after he waited for Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese, Jr. to arrive at the courthouse on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. When Richmond saw the judge he exited his car and opened fire, wounding the judge. The judge and a probation officer returned firing, killing Richmond, 51. Read more about this story at Daily Mail.

World Series by Justin Merriman

Jim Weinfurtner cheers on the Cleveland Indians outside of Progressive Field prior to game 6 of the World Series on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Joe Wiegand of Colorado Springs, Colo., a Theodore Roosevelt impersonator and self-proclaimed Cubs fan, greets fans outside of Progressive Field prior to game 6 of the World Series on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

(left to right) Casey Weinfurtner, Eddie Weinfurtner and Jim Weinfurtner cheer on the Indians outside of Progressive Field prior to game 6 of the World Series on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Terminal Tower is lit for game 6 of the World Series on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Jim Schulz of Elyria shows off his Cleveland Indian painted head outside of Progressive Field prior to game 6 of the World Series on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Paul Hollo of Cleveland wears his Indian headgear as he cheers on the Indians outside of Progressive Field during game 6 of the World Series on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Jim Stamper of Cleveland hangs a sign outside of Progressive Field during game 6 of the World Series on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Joe Cooney of Willowick, Ohio stands outside of Progressive Field during game 6 of the World Series on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Demilles Jones, 35, of Cleveland holds a homemade World Series trophy outside of Progressive Field during game 6 of the World Series on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Stephen Caton, 29, of St. Louis, a Chicago Cub fan watches game 6 of the World Series through a fence at Progressive Field on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Gary Eckart, 26, of Cleveland watches the game on a big screen outside of Progressive Field during game 6 of the World Series on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Cleveland Indian fans watch game 6 of the World Series on a big screen outside of Progressive Field on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

A large crowd watch a big screen outside of Progressive Field during game 7 of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Fan react as the Cleveland Indians give up 3 runs in the the first inning as they watch on a big screen outside of Progressive Field during game 6 of the World Series on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Fan react as the Cleveland Indians give up 3 runs in the the first inning as they watch on a big screen outside of Progressive Field during game 6 of the World Series on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Cleveland Indian fans watch game 6 of the World Series on a big screen outside of Progressive Field on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Cleveland Mounted Police keep watch near Progressive Field before the start of game 7 of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Cam Lathem, 21, of Ashville, Ohio cheers on the Indians outside of Progressive Field during game 7 of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Cam Lathem, 21, of Ashville, Ohio cheers on the Indians outside of Progressive Field during game 7 of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Indian fans react as they watch the big screen outside of Progressive Field during game 7 of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Indian fans react as they watch the big screen outside of Progressive Field during game 7 of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

(L-R) Dayana Guzman, 38, Alex Marquez, 33, and Doraliz Guzman-Marquez, 35, all of Chicago cheer for the Cubs in outside of Progressive Field during game 7 of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Indian fans react as they watch the big screen outside of Progressive Field during game 7 of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Fans react as they watch the big screen outside of Progressive Field during game 7 of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.

William Burgos of Cleveland prays in the street outside of Progressive Field during the 9th inning of game 7 of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Fans react as they watch a big screen outside of Progressive Field during game 7 of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7. 

Fans react as they watch a big screen outside of Progressive Field during game 7 of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7. 

An Indian fan sits in the street after the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in game 7 of the World Series on November 3, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Chicago Cubs fans hug outside of Progressive Field after game 7 of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs on November 3, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7. 

Cubs fans celebrate after the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in game 7 of the World Series on November 3, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Indian fans sit outside of Progressive Field after the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in game 7 of the World Series on November 3, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

I covered Game 6 & 7 of the 2016 World Series in Cleveland for Getty Images.  I spent my time outside the park, immersed in the large crowd that gathered near Progressive Field to watch the game on a big screen. You can see my images on The New York Times, NBC, ESPN and many other publications

Trump's America by Justin Merriman

A cross painted with "It's not about religion! It's about relationships" stands in a yard along West 6th Street in East Liverpool, Ohio on Sept. 15, 2016.

Courtney Lally, 23, stands with her daughter, Gianna, 2, at her home in  Munhall, Pa., home on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Lally's sister, Jessica Lally, 25, and her boyfriend, Christopher Dilly, 26, were found dead by police after Jessica's 7-year-old daughter alerted a school bus driver that her parents were blue and she was unable to wake them. The two had overdosed on heroin.

Vacant business are reflected in an empty storefront in McKeesport, Pa., on Oct. 25, 2016.

Harrold Nelson, 60, stands in the street in front of his home in McKeesport, Pa., on Oct. 25, 2016. Few homes remain on Nelson's block, many of those that do remain are abandoned.

Donald Trump supporters cheer at a campaign stop at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena on October 21, 2016 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton continue to campaign as Election Day nears. 

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a campaign stop at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena on October 21, 2016 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 

Andy Stafford, a vendor from Sarasota, Florida, holds a Trump flag as he sets up his stand in the parking lot of the International Exposition Center prior to a campaign stop by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on October 22, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. "I'm a Trump lover," says Stafford. 

Students on a bus shout obscenities as they give the middle finger to Trump supporters lined up outside of the Cambria County War Memorial Arena prior to a Donald Trump campaign stop on October 21, 2016 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 

A Trump supporters yells at members of the media during Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign stop at the International Exposition Center on October 22, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Bill Hummel, 69, who has worked as a tow-truck driver since 1959, sits in his tow truck in Youngstown, Ohio on Oct. 26, 2016.

A sign stands in a vacant lot in Youngstown, Ohio on Nov. 23, 2016.

A Trump supporter shows off his t-shirt as he stands in line outside of the Cambria County War Memorial Arena prior to a Donald Trump campaign stop on October 21, 2016 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 

A billboard advertising protection for people losing their homes stands above a small car dealership in Youngstown, Ohio on Nov. 23, 2016.

A crew works at a demolition site of a historic building in East Liverpool, Ohio on Sept. 15, 2016.

A painting sits in a window in Downtown, Youngstown, Ohio on Nov. 23, 2016.

A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listens on as he speaks during a campaign stop at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena on October 21, 2016 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 

A Trump sign sits in a window in Youngstown, Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016.

Sam Cappelli of Boardman, Ohio watches the demolition of a historic building in East Liverpool, Ohio on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is on a television at the Golden Dawn in Youngstown, Ohio on Oct. 26, 2016.

Phillip Naples stands behind the bar at the Golden Dawn in Youngstown, Ohio on Nov. 19, 2016.

East Liverpool, Ohio sits on the edge of the Ohio River on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016.  The town, once a bustling steel and pottery town, now has a population of about 11,000 people and like many towns across the United States is facing a growing opiate problem.

Antonio Lake, 6, walks in front of a Trump sign in Youngstown, Ohio on Nov. 23, 2016.

Jean Barefoot, 58, reflects on the loss of her daughter, Jessica Lally, to a heroin overdose as she stands near her Munhall, Pa., home on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Lally was found by police after her 7-year-old daughter alerted a school bus driver that her parents were blue and she was unable to wake them.

Tom Brophey, 77, sits in his barber shop along West 6th Street in East Liverpool, Ohio on Sept. 15, 2016.  Brophey, who worked in the Crucible Steel plant, opened his barber shop after losing his job in the mill in 1982. "Everyone knows there's a problem, but no one knows how to fix it," he says speaking of the heroin problem the town faces. "Drugs are the economy now. It's like an infection. It spreads," he says.

Carl Venzeio, 77, a self-proclaimed supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, stands in front of his trunk in Youngstown, Ohio on Oct. 26, 2016.

Steps lead to a vacant lot where a home once stood in McKeesport, Pa., on Oct. 25, 2016.

A giant statue of Donald Trump stands in a yard of a home along Route 982 just up the road from the Tin Lizzy, a 266-year-old tavern in Youngstown, Pa., on Sept. 26, 2016.

A closed sign hangs in front of a flag in a storefront in East Liverpool, Ohio on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016.

I spent quite a bit of time traveling through West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania documenting the presidential election, communities struggles with the opioid epidemic, and life in America's Rust Belt. The images were published a variety of publications including STAT, The Daily MailThe New York PostThe Dallas Morning NewsThe Washington PostThe Chicago Sun Times, The Times of Oman, The Boston Globe, The Oregonian, Forbes, Folha de S. Paulo, BBC and many others.