Photojournalist, Editor, Producer, Storyteller and Teacher
From the campaign trail to NATO troops in Afghanistan, Bethany Swain covered a wide variety of news events during her 10 years shooting, editing, writing and producing stories for CNN as a versatile member of the Washington Bureau.
In 2010, Swain became the first woman to win Video Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association ‘Eyes of History™’ competition. Her photojournalism skills have also been honored by the NPPA and the Society of Professional Journalists.
In December 2007, Bethany Swain launched the award-winning In Focus series which is a collection of natural sound stories crafted by fellow CNN photojournalists on various topics, including the environment, the spirit of giving and veterans issues. The multi-platform project has grown to become a regular special on the networks of CNN.
Before leaving CNN to explore the freelance world and teach Broadcast Journalism and Multimedia classes at University of Maryland, Swain created #FamilySolutions, a series with CNN Correspondent Lisa Sylvester that focuses on issues that impact parents and families.
Aside from her CNN duties and presenting at numerous NPPA workshops, including the Advanced Video Storytelling Workshop, Swain has also been a guest faculty member at Poynter’s BackPack Journalist seminar. She has guest lectured at several institutes, including CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism, Temple University, Georgetown University, and American University. She is on the Board of Directors for the NPPA, and an active member of the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) and the Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW).
Bethany Swain is passionate about storytelling, especially compelling characters and natural sound. She graduated from the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, where she held the titles of station manager and chief photographer at the college station, ICTV. Prior to CNN, Swain worked at WPTZ in Vermont, WJAR in Rhode Island, and NewsChannel 8 in Washington. Her first job was delivering the Burlington Free Press every morning, starting at age 10 until she graduated from high school. Sometimes you could catch her at 5am reading the paper before she delivered it to her customers.