SDN Reviews

2023 Reviewers
As of 1.18.2023

Svetlana Bachevanova
Publisher, FotoEvidence

Svetlana Bachevanova

Svetlana Bachevanova is the executive director of the FotoEvidence Association. She is a Bulgarian American photojournalist and the co-founder of FotoEvidence Press (2010). The books she and her team publish expose injustice, create enduring evidence of violations of human rights, and inspire social change.

Svetlana has worked with some of the most skilled and dedicated documentary photographers of our time. She’s helped publish many human stories recounting indisputable evidence of social injustice. In addition to managing the publication of books, she curated FotoEvidence exhibits that have been shown around the world to promote justice.

Svetlana conceived the FotoEvidence Book Award and the FotoEvidence W Award to support the work of photographers dedicated to the pursuit of human rights who are publishing work that is unlikely to find commercial publication. Under her management, FotoEvidence has occupied a unique space in the world of photojournalism as both a publishing house and activist organization.
 

Donny Bajohr
Associate Photo Editor, Smithsonian Magazine

Donny Bajohr

Donny Bajohr is a photographer and photo editor residing in Baltimore, Maryland. Since 2016 he has been a photo editor at Smithsonian magazine, producing visual stories recognized by NPPA, SPD, American Photography, and Graphis Photo Annual. He appreciates all photography genres and finds creative ways to work with photojournalists, documentarians, and fine artists to produce compelling photo-driven stories.

 

 

David Barreda
Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic

David Barreda

David M. Barreda is a visual editor, multimedia producer, curator, and journalist based in Oakland, California. He is currently a senior photo editor at National Geographic and a core team member of Diversify Photo.

He has more than 20 years of visual journalism experience and, prior to editing, he worked as a staff photojournalist at the San Jose Mercury News, the Rocky Mountain News, the Valley News, the Tallahassee Democrat, and the Herald of Randolph. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he received his master’s degree, and of Middlebury College, where he majored in Geography and Environmental Studies.

Born in southern Peru and raised on a sheep farm in Vermont, David lives with his partner, their 10-year-old daughter, and Dandelion, a poodle-terrier, Covid-adoptee, rescue dog.
 

Mallory Benedict
Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine

Mallory BenedictMallory Benedict is a photo editor for National Geographic Magazine, commissioning original photography across print, digital, and mobile platforms. She uses the past to understand present-day issues in her work, including stories on the legacy of the suffrage movement and the importance of lullabies as a tool for healing around the world.

In 2021, Mallory was named a finalist for Photo Editor of the Year by NPPA. Her work has been recognized by the American Society of Magazine Editors, Society of Publication Designers, National Press Photographer’s Association, and Pictures of the Year International. She is also the program manager for Women Photograph — an initiative designed to elevate the work of women and non-binary photographers around the globe.
 

Dudley Brooks
Deputy Director of Photography, Washington Post

Dudley BrooksDudley M. Brooks is the Deputy Director of Photography for The Washington Post, where he manages the production of all photo content for the Features, Local, and Sports sections. He is also the former Photo Editor for The Washington Post Magazine. Prior to this, Brooks was the Director of Photography and Senior Photo Editor for the monthly magazine Ebony and its weekly sister periodical Jet — both published by Johnson Publishing Company in Chicago. These iconic publications chronicled the African American experience for over 70-years and Brooks was a key member of the senior staff responsible for enhancing the editorial approach of each. 
 

 

Jeff Campagna
Photo Editor, Smithsonian Magazine

Jeff CampagnaJeff Campagna is a photo editor at Smithsonian Magazine and has been with the magazine since 2004. He has collaborated on numerous award-winning photo projects, receiving recognition from American Photography, NPPA, SPD, and the World Press Photo Awards. He regularly contributes arts and culture pieces to Smithsonianmag.com. Jeff is an award-winning songwriter and a graduate of Bucknell University.

 

 

Greig Cranna
Gallery Owner, BRIDGE Gallery

Greig CrannaBorn in Vancouver, British Columbia, Greig Cranna lived in Montreal, New England, and Alaska before beginning his photography career in New York City in 1976. In a career spanning almost four decades, his clients have included the Council on Foreign Relations, The Japan Society, The International Typeface Corporation, and countless publications, corporations, universities, foundations, and NGOs. Based out of Boston since 1982, his diverse clientele has had him shooting throughout Canada and the U.S., with forays into Argentina, Belize, and Eastern Europe.
 

Cathaleen Curtiss
Director of Photography, Buffalo News

Cathaleen Curtis

Cathaleen is an award-winning photojournalist, editor, and the former Director of Photography at The Buffalo News. She has broad experience in online media as well as traditional print publications. Cathaleen is an active member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and a board member of the National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF).

For over ten years she has been recording an iPhone photo a day, the inspiration for the very popular #EveryDayAPhoto feature for The Buffalo News. She has had solo photography exhibits in NYC and Buffalo as well as juried work at the Corcoran Art Gallery, Library of Congress, the Building Museum, and National Geographic.

As the director of photography at The Buffalo News she advocated for and created their first-ever drone photography team. As a photojournalist, she has documented events from Super Bowls to superpower summits and covered three presidential administrations. In 1990, she was named, Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association. As Vice President of Global Photography at AOL, she built and managed a staff of visual content editors based in Virginia, New York, and Bangalore. 
 

Sima Diab
Independent Editorial and Commercial Photographer

Sima DiabSima Diab is a Syrian-American photographer and independent photo editor based in Cairo, Egypt. Her photographic work focuses on environmental and social conditions in the Arab diaspora and Arab world including refugee and migration, climate change, and water scarcity. She has lived and worked across the Middle East, Damascus, Dubai, Beirut, and Baghdad until setting up base in Cairo in 2007.

Her work has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Le Monde Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, LA Times, The Financial Times, Bloomberg News, BuzzfeedNews, The Globe and Mail, Foreign Policy and others. Diab’s non-editorial clients include international aid organizations, Medecins Sans Frontiers, Save the Children, UNDP, UNFPA, Plan International. 

Diab is a guest photo editor for Syria Untold through 2020, producing a limited series of critiques, photo essays, and long-form features with Syrian photographers reviewing the landscape of Syrian photography over the last few decades. 

Diab received the 2016 James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting and was a selected winner for American Photography Best of Photography 2015 AP32. She is a 2015 grant recipient of the Arab Documentary Photography Program from AFAC/Prince Claus Fund and the Magnum Foundation.

Diab is an alumnus of The Kalish class of 2019 and was awarded The John Ahlhauser and Bob Gilka Memorial Scholarship and was a portfolio reviewer for the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2020.
 

Kenneth Dickerman
Photo Assignment Editor, Washington Post

Kenneth DickermanKenneth Dickerman is an award-winning photo editor who primarily writes, produces, and edits for "In Sight", the Post’s photo blog. In addition, he helps guide photo coverage for multiple desks across the newsroom, particularly on the weekends. Before coming to The Post, he worked as a photo editor at MSN in Seattle and TIME in New York City with stints at Billboard magazine and the United Nations along the way. Previously, he worked as a freelance photographer specializing in politics and conflict, covering everything from the White House to the war in Afghanistan. His photojournalism has appeared in The New York Times, TIME and US News & World Report among other publications. His work has been recognized by POYi, BOP and CPOY.

 

Lisa DuBois
Photo Editor and Diversity Advisory, Social Documentary Network

Lisa DuBoisLisa DuBois is a New York-based ethnographic photojournalist and curator. Her work focuses on subcultures within mainstream society. Her widely collected work on Black subculture in New Orleans is a demonstration of her deep love for history and tradition. She has exhibited her work both internationally and domestically, including at the Schomburg Cultural Center for Research in Black Culture, and at the Gordon Parks Museum in Fort Kansas. She has been interviewed on BronxNet, Nola TV, and Singleshot about her work. Lisa received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and a degree in Metaphysical Science at the University of Metaphysics. As a freelance photographer, she has contributed to several major news publications and stock photo agencies including Getty, Post, and the Daily News. Lisa has been recognized by The Guardian and the New York Times for her work as a photographer and curator for X Gallery.  Her most recent project as creative consultant and curator for ArtontheAve helped to launch the first socially distanced outdoor exhibition along Columbus Avenue in New York City . Lisa is a member of Enfoco and a contributor to Social Documentary Network and Edge of Humanity magazine. 
 

Bunni Elian
Multimedia Journalist, Photo Editor

Melissa Bunni ElianMelissa Bunni Elian is a multimedia journalist based in Yonkers, New York. Elian's work has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, NYT Magazine and NPR. In 2017 Google commissioned her for the Lynching in America Project which was exhibited in The Brooklyn Museum. Bunni's work weaves narrative nonfiction, photo, and video to analyze culture and interrogate the foundations of structural inequality and other social problems. Her aim is to broaden the perspectives people rely on to make sense of the world. Bunni is a 2020 graduate of Columbia Journalism School and just completed a photography resident at National Geographic

 

James Estrin
Staff Photographer and Writer, New York Times

James EstrinJames Estrin is a New York Times staff photographer and writer. He was  a founder and co-editor of Lens, The New York Times photography blog. Estrin was part of a team that won a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for “How Race Is Lived In America."He is also the co-executive producer of the documentary film "Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro" which appeared on HBO in November 2016.  He is an adjunct professor at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. 

 

Jill Foley
Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic

Jill FoleyJill Foley is a Senior Photo Editor for National Geographic Books. She has edited for National Geographic Newsstand Special Editions, The New York Times, AARP, Discovery Communications, Smithsonian Magazine, and Education Week. She is a graduate of Boston University's Masters in Photojournalism program, an alum of the Kalish Visual Editing Workshop, and a member of Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW).
 

 

 

Angelika Hala
Photo Editor, stern Magazine Corp.

Angelika HalaAngelika Hala is the New York photo editor and producer for stern, stern CRIME, stern VIEW, and stern special editions in the United States, Canada, and Central and South America.

Angelika has participated in multiple portfolio reviews across the United States and internationally. She was on the jury for The Fence/Photoville, ZEKE Awards, Canon Student Development Programme, and the Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2021, mentored at the Eddie Adams Workshops, and developed lectures for FOTOFusion.
 

Michael Itkoff
Cofounder, Daylight Books

Michael ItkoffMichael Itkoff is a publisher, creative consultant and former Chief Content Officer at Britelite Immersive. Michael Cofounded the internationally-celebrated art book publishing house, Daylight as well as content experience platform, Fabl. For nearly twenty years, Michael has been a leader in publishing both digital and print media. Along the way, Michael has written for the NYTimes Lens blog, Art Asia Pacific, Nueva Luz, Conscientious blog and the Forward. Michael’s photographic and video work is in public and private collections in the United States and his work has appeared on the covers of Orion, Katalog, Next City and Philadelphia Weekly. Michael was the recipient of the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism (2006), a Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council (2007), and a Puffin Foundation Grant (2008). Michael’s monograph Street Portraits was published by Charta Editions in 2009.

 

Frances Jakubek
Independent Curator

Frances Jakubek is an image-maker, independent curator, and consultant for artists. She is the co-founder of A Yellow Rose Project, past Director of Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York City, and past Associate Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts.

Recent curatorial appointments include Critical Mass, Filter Photo, The Griffin Museum of Photography, British Journal of Photography, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Save Art Space and Photo District News. Jakubek has been a panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Photography Fellowships, speaker for SPE National, and lecturer for the School of Visual Arts’ Masters of Photography i3 Lecture Series.

Frances is interested in viewing personal and conceptual bodies of work at any stage and is most curious about the narrative and artists’ drive and intention behind the photographs. With extensive experience in exhibition management, she is happy to provide insight into image sequence, print production, show concept, and design.

 

Alexa Keefe
Assistant Managing Editor, National Geographic

Alexa KeefeAlexa Keefe is an Assistant Managing Editor at National Geographic magazine where she shapes the visual narrative for short and long-form stories related to natural history, conservation, and the intersection between humans and wildlife. She first joined National Geographic in 2011 as a photography producer and then became one of the founding editors of Proof, National Geographic’s award-winning digital series highlighting the experiences of visual storytellers from around the world.

She started her career at U.S. News and World Report, where she was a photo archivist and photo editor from 2001-2010.

She is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and has served on the jury panel for College Photographer of the Year, the Social Documentary Network’s ZEKE award, and the Daylight Photo Awards; and was a featured speaker and workshop leader at the Indian Photo Festival. 

Keefe’s photo editing work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year International, and the Society of Publication Designers. 

 

Olivier Laurent
Senior Photo Editor, Washington Post

Olivier Laurent is a senior photo editor working with the Washington Post’s network of correspondents in 25 international locations, with a special focus on Africa, Asia, and the Middle-East. He also manages photo editors on the foreign, climate, and health desks.

 

 

 

Marie Monteleone
Deputy Photo Editor (North America), Bloomberg News

Marie MonteleoneMarie Monteleone is the North American Deputy Photo Editor for Bloomberg News, overseeing the photo and video assignments for North America and the Caribbean. At Bloomberg, Ms. Monteleone assigns for both features and news. While at Bloomberg News, she has led the expansion and diversification of the roster of freelance photographers in North, South, and Central America. Prior to Bloomberg, she worked for ABC News, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, The New York Post, and W Magazine. Ms. Monteleone has been a guest speaker at The International Center of Photography, Parsons School of Design, The Women Photograph Workshop, The Eddie Adams Workshop, and Zoom Photo Festival Saguenay . She has served on the nominating committees of World Press 6x6 Global Talent Program, Diversify Photo, The Women Photograph X Getty Grant, Photoville - The Fence, and The Eddie Adams Workshop student selections. 
 

Kathy Moran
Former Deputy Director of Photography, National Geographic

Kathy Moran

Kathy Moran is National Geographic magazine’s former Deputy Director of Photography.   As the magazine’s first senior editor for natural history projects, Moran has been producing projects about terrestrial and underwater ecosystems for the magazine since 1990. She was the project manager for the National Geographic Society/Wildlife Conservation Society’s partnership documenting photographer Nick Nichols and Dr. Michael Fay’s trek across Central Africa. More recently she produced two single-topic, conservation-focused issues of the magazine on Oceans (May ’21) and the Serengeti (December ’21).

Moran has edited several books for the Society, including Women Photographers at the National Geographic, The Africa Diaries – An Illustrated Life in the Bush, Cat Shots, Tigers Forever, and the upcoming Secrets of the Elephants and Photo Camp. She recently curated an exhibition for the Society’s museum “50 Best Wildlife Photographs”.  She was named “Picture Editor of the Year” for her winning portfolios in the 2017 and 2006 POYi competition, and the 2011 Best of Photo competition.

She is a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and currently serves on the Board.  She is on the advisory committee for Focused on Nature and was recently named Chair of the Jury for Wildlife Photographer of the Year. As a member of Moran Griffin studio she continues to edit books and photo projects, mentor photographers and work with the xPosure Festival in Sharjah, UAE. She lives in Dresden, Maine with her husband and two bad cats.

 

Alison Morley
Chair Emerita, Visual Journalism & Documentary Practice, International Center of Photography

Alison Morley

Alison Morley is the Chair Emerita, Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism Program, at the International Center of Photography in New York. She currently works as a photo book consultant, curator, writer, mentor, and educator for photographers around the world and at institutions including ICP and VII Academy. She has been a photo editor at such magazines and newspapers as The New York Times, Esquire, and Life. The Family Imprint by Nancy Borowick, The Ninth Floor by Jessica Dimmock, and Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal by Ron Haviv are among the major monographs she has edited. She has won numerous awards globally for her work in photography. She lives in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

 

Zoeann Murphy
Video Journalist, Washington Post

Zoeann MurphyZoeann Murphy is a visual journalist on staff at The Washington Post. She reports largely on humanitarian and environmental crises as well as covering breaking news. In recent years, she’s focused on the global rise of border walls, forced migration, climate change, and the aftermath of natural disasters. Her work has been recognized by World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, National Press Foundation, and The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for News & Documentary Emmys among others. In 2019, she received the Ben Bradlee Award for Courage in Journalism from The Washington Post. In addition to her work as a visual journalist, Murphy also facilitates photography workshops that provide the tools and opportunities for underrepresented communities to share their own stories in their own voices. Murphy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from SUNY Purchase School of Art + Design and a Masters in New Media Photojournalism from the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

 

Mark Murrmann
Photo Editor, Mother Jones

Mark MurmanMark Murrmann is Photo Editor at Mother Jones magazine, where he oversees and assigns all photography for the magazine and website. He came to Mother Jones in 2007, having previously been a freelance photojournalist and music writer. Murrmann also teaches documentary photography at the Art Academy University in San Francisco. He remains an active photographer who regularly self-publishes photozines. 

 

 

Deb Pastner
Harvard Nieman Fellow; Director of Photo and Video, Star Tribune

Deb PastnerDeb Pastner is currently director of photo and video at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. During her tenure as director, the photo and video team’s work has been recognized by POYi, Best of Photojournalism, SDN, the Edward R. Murrow Awards, ONA, the World Press Awards, and the Midwest Emmys. Pastner has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror, POYi and SDN judge. For the 2021-2022 academic year, she was a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

 


Molly Roberts
Independent Visual Storyteller/Photo Editor/Curator/Photography Teacher

Molly RobertsMolly Roberts is an independent photography editor, visual storyteller, curator, and photography teacher living in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. Roberts was recently a Senior Photography Editor at National Geographic magazine. She led the photography department at Smithsonian magazine for 16 years, bringing recognition to the magazine as a National Press Photographers Association award-winning visuals team for multiple years. Roberts was awarded a Knight Fellowship at Ohio University in 2019-2020 in the visual communications program to study film, video, and bias in the media. Committed to the power of visual storytelling to inform and engage communities about important issues in the USA, Roberts created the non-profit HumanEYES USA, to bring American issues into sharper focus through photography, video, and art. She is currently co-director and member of the Board of Directors for Women Photojournalists of Washington, and serves on the Advisory board for Social Documentary Network, and Ripple Effect.
 

Glenn Ruga
Founder & Director, Social Documentary Network. Executive Editor, ZEKE magazine

Glenn RugaGlenn Ruga is the founder of the Social Documentary Network (SDN) and Executive Editor of ZEKE magazine. In addition, he is a photographer, graphic designer, curator, and  has created traveling and online documentary exhibits on the struggle for a multicultural future in Bosnia, the war and aftermath in Kosovo, and on an immigrant community in Holyoke, Mass. 

In 2012, Ruga was one of three curators of the New York Photo Festival where he curated three exhibitions including work by Bruce Davidson, Platon, and Eugene Richards, Reza, and Lori Grinker. 

From 2010-2013, Ruga was the Executive Director of the Photographic Resource Center (PRC) at Boston University. He curated numerous exhibitions while at the PRC including "Global Health in Focus" featuring work by Kristen Ashburn, Dominic Chavez, and David Rochkind. 

From 1993 through 2009, Ruga was the founder and president of the Center for Balkan Development, a non-profit organization established to help stop the genocide in Bosnia and create a just and sustainable future in the former Yugoslavia.  Ruga has a B.A. in Social Theory from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and a MFA in Graphic and Advertising Design from Syracuse University. 

 

Andrew Scott
Director of Photo and Video News Gathering, USA Today

Andrew ScottAndrew P. Scott is the Director of Photo & Video News Gathering at USA TODAY and Director of Operations for Unmanned Aerial Systems for USA TODAY NETWORK. As Director of Photo & Video News Gathering, he leads the visual coverage across all of USA TODAY's platforms. He is also one of the founders of the USA TODAY NETWORK drone program, with 60 FAA-licensed pilots at 23 Gannett markets nationwide. He has been at USA TODAY since 2007. He previously spent 10 years as a photographer and photo editor at The Dallas Morning News. While in Dallas, he was a photo editor on the team that won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for coverage of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans.
 

Sybylla Smith
Independent Curator/Educator/Consultant, Concept Aware

J. Sybylla Smith

J. Sybylla Smith is captivated by the power of photography in exhibition and book form to create individual and collective change. She collaborates with emerging and seasoned photographers, arts and educational institutions, as a curator, educator, and consultant. Her mission is to illuminate, elevate and amplify the work of contemporary photographers to create a dynamic visual culture conversation.

She curates individual and group exhibitions featured in museum, gallery, and festival formats. She has featured over 110 international photographers in exhibitions in the U.S., Mexico, Columbia, and Japan.

Her unique framework for concept development, Concept Aware®, is taught in-person and online in workshop formats. This practical curriculum focuses on how you see, why it matters and introduces eight elements of creative practice.

She created an online Photobook Book Group, which is now a podcast, Got Punctum?. This free global platform is centered on creative practice and photobook bookmaking. Smith hosts photographers, curators, and writers in unscripted conversations to share ideas, challenges, and resources. In just over 2 years her combined platforms have engaged visual creatives in 120 countries.
 

Maggie Soladay
Senior Photography Editor, Open Society Foundations

Maggie SoladayMaggie Soladay is Senior Photography Editor at the Open Society Foundations in New York. Her work with OSF involves addressing racial, economic, and political justice issues around the world through photography. Soladay is always looking to work with photographers who explore human rights issues. She has been working in the photography industry for over 25 years.

 

 

Lauren Steel
Photo Editor/Visual Consultant

Lauren SteelLauren Steel is a visuals consultant who helps photographers, brands, media, agencies, foundations, and non-profits to craft authentic visual narratives. Previously, she was Director of Photography at Verbatim Photo, a subsidiary of Getty Images that she co-founded in 2016. Lauren was a part of the rebranding and launch of Getty Images Reportage where she started the Emerging Talent program. She is currently freelancing at The New York Times and Washingtonian.

She has been involved in the photojournalism community for over 20 years working with some of the greatest award-winning photographers in their field. These collaborations have produced exhibits, photo books, and campaigns worldwide. She has guest lectured at ICP, SVA, and Columbia. Her career started in the editorial world after college when she worked at LIFE magazine as the photo and art assistant. From there she started doing photo research and continued to work on their special book projects including the New York Times Best Seller "One Nation."

 

Susan Sterner
Associate Professor of Photography & New Media Photojournalism/Director of Graduate Studies, Corcoran NMPJ

Susan SternerSusan is a photographer based in the Washington, DC area and the Program Head of the MA in New Media Photojournalism and an associate professor of photojournalism at the George Washington University Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.

Sterner started her career as a photojournalist freelancing with national and international publications while based in New Orleans. She worked for the Associated Press as a staff photographer, based in Mississippi and California. With the AP, she covered domestic issues such as immigration, child labor, and families in poverty as well as U.S. border issues and social change in Haiti. A two-year fellowship with the Institute of Current World Affairs sent Sterner to Brazil to photograph and write about women’s lives and access to resources. After returning to the United States, she worked as a White House photographer, documenting the official and behind-the-scenes life of the presidency. Since 2006 she has coordinated the undergraduate program in photojournalism, emphasizing a multimedia and multi-disciplinary approach. Her current work focuses on the status of Salvadoran women in El Salvador and part of the diaspora within the United States.

 

Jen Tse
Senior Photo Editor (Newsletters), National Geographic

Jen Tse

Jen Tse is a Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic, curating the daily editorial newsletters from across content desks and platforms. She first joined National Geographic as a Senior Photo Editor for newsstand special editions, diving deep on a range of subjects including dog psychology, human memory, Yosemite, and the Titanic.

In 2017, she was Newsweek's acting Director of Photography. Prior to Newsweek, she worked for TIME and NOOR Images. 

In 2017, she received an ASME Next Award. In 2018, she was awarded the National Press Photographers Association's highest honor for magazine editors, the Magazine Picture Editor of the Year award. In 2022, she participated in Poynter’s Leadership Academy for Women in Media.

 

Nicole Werbeck
Deputy Director Visuals, NPR

Nicole WerbeckNicole Werbeck is the Deputy Director of Visuals at NPR. Prior to joining NPR, Nicole was Senior Digital Photo Editor at National Geographic. While there, Nicole managed a team of five photo editors, assigned and edited photo and multimedia stories from across the world to publish online and in their prestigious magazine, and helped run NatGeo’s social media accounts. Nicole worked with veteran National Geographic photographers and editors and recruited new photographers into the fold.

Nicole also spent 10 years as an editor at The Washington Post, where she was a Projects Editor, Photo Editor, and Deputy News Editor. She worked on a variety of important stories, from the September 11, 2001 attacks to Hurricane Katrina. While at The Post, her duties included managing photographers on their multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning staff, art directing the Sunday Outlook section, and working with the executive editor to select stories for the front page.
 

Andrea Wise
Visuals Editor, ProPublica

Andrea WiseAndrea Wise is a visuals editor responsible for ideating and commissioning photography, illustration, and other forms of visual journalism at ProPublica. She is also the co-founder of Diversify Photo, a global community working to amplify the voices of underrepresented groups in visual media.

Prior to joining ProPublica, Andrea was a contract photo editor on the history and culture desk at National Geographic and also worked with Newsweek, BuzzFeed News, The Intercept, and Open Society Foundations, among other publications. She has coached workshops at Syracuse University, The University of Oregon, and Western Kentucky University, as well as juried competitions for Getty Images, The Connecticut Art Directors Club, American Illustration - American Photography, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

 

Ariel Zambelich
Lead Photo Editor (National + DC), Wall Street Journal

Ariel ZambelichAriel Zambelich is a freelance photojournalist and a Lead Photo Editor for the Wall Street Journal, where she collaborates to tell stories through photojournalism and design. She previously worked at The Intercept, NPR Visuals, and WIRED. She is a board member with the Authority Collective, an organization that amplifies the voices of female-identifying and nonbinary lens-based creators of color through community action. 
 

 

 

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