I am a journalist and Emmy-nominated filmmaker based in Georgia.
I studied Photojournalism and Religion at the University of Georgia and then worked as a photojournalist at a small, family-owned newspaper in Northern Indiana. The paper was starting the transition to prioritize their online presence and I quickly realized I had a lot to learn about the Internet. I got my Master’s from UNC-Chapel Hill as a Roy H. Park fellow, studying short documentary filmmaking and web design to give myself more tools to tell stories for the web. I made films for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and was recruited to work on a national criminal justice campaign for the AFL-CIO. Then I moved to Washington, DC to work as a producer at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting where I shot short documentary films, facilitated education programs, managed interns, curated exhibits in DC and New York, designed our most popular e-book Flight from Syria, and launched and grew our Instagram to more than 60k followers. I have worked with the New Yorker, ProPublica, and Instagram among others.
I have taught video workshops around the U.S. with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and have coached the NPPA Immersion Workshop. I am currently on the faculty of Mercer's Center for Collaborative Journalism.
I recently directed and produced an investigative documentary about a water pollution issue called Saving Juliette. The film is currently screening at festivals and has won multiple awards, including the Best Short Documentary at the 2022 American Conservation Film Festival. I was a finalist for the Livingston Award in local reporting for this work.
Fun fact: I'm a pandemic mom to two sweet kids. I was interviewed by New York magazine when I was expecting my first.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Awards / Exhibitions
2022 - Clarion Award for Television Investigative Feature or Series - Local or Regional, Saving Juliette
2022 - Livingston Award Finalist in Local Reporting, Saving Juliette
2022 - Short Film Award Winner of the American Conservation Film Festival, Saving Juliette
2021 - Full Bloom Film Festival Best Short Documentary Award, Saving Juliette
2021 - Macon Film Festival Documentary Film Audience Choice Award, Saving Juliette
2017 - Finalist for Short Documentary CINE Award, Facing Risk
2016 - Foto Week DC at National Geographic, curated Daniella Zalcman's Signs of Your Identity project
2016 - Photoville, curated Daniella Zalcman's Signs of Your Identity project
2016 - curated Daniella Zalcman's 'Faces of Faith' at Wesley Seminary
2016 - curated 'God, Government and LGBT Rights in India, Uganda and Russia' at Harvard's Monroe C. Gutman Library as part their annual LBTQ Conference
2015 - FotoWeek DC, curated Misha Friedman's work in Iron Closet
2015 - Photoville, curated Misha Friedman's work in Iron Closet
2015 - Gold Horizon Interactive Award for Video - Short Documentary, Fault Lines
2015 - Gold Horizon Interactive Award for Websites - Magazines / News / Blog, Fault Lines
2015 - Gold Horizon Interactive Award for Websites - School / University, Fault Lines
2015 - Honorable Mention for Portrait, Southern Short Course
2015 - 72nd College Photographer of the Year Silver Solo Journalism Multimedia Story or Essay, People Change
2014 - 37th Frame Exhibition, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
2014 - Roy H. Park Fellowship, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
2012 - McGill Fellowship, University of Georgia
2008 - 2012 - Hope Scholar, University of Georgia
Speaking / Teaching
2021 - Georgia College, Saving Juliette: A Documentary on Coal Ash & a Georgia Town's Fight for Clean Water (Screening and Panel Discussion)
2019 - NPPA Multimedia Immersion Coach
2018 - Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar Video Contest Judge
2018 - NPPA Multimedia Immersion Coach
2018 - Free Spirit Media Coach
2018 - Women Focus Portfolio Reviewer
2017 - Panel Speaker, Northern Short Course
2016 - Free Spirit Media Coach
2016 - Panel Speaker, GeekFest DC
2015 - Free Spirit Media Coach