Staff Photographer, San Francisco Chronicle
Santiago Mejia is a Mexican-American photographer, based in San Francisco, California.
He's the newest staff photographer at the San Francisco Chronicle.
Last summer, Mejia was at The New York Times, as part of the Thomas Morgan Visual Internship in Photography.
In May 2016, he participated in the Chips Quinn Scholars Program, an multimedia training workshop, hosted by the Newseum Institute in Nashville, Tennessee.
His journalism career blossomed in 2012, when he joined City College of San Francisco's student-run newspaper, The Guardsman. He quickly moved up the ranks, becoming the paper's editor-in-chief in 2014.
He previously held positions as the managing editor, photo editor, online editor, social media editor, design and layout editor.
During his time at The Guardsman, Mejia won more than 15 awards by the California College Media Association, Journalism Association of Community Colleges, Associated Collegiate Press and the Society of Professional Journalists.
In 2015, Mejia spent six months with the San Francisco Chronicle, as a photo intern. His assignments ranged from breaking news and features to portraits and sports photography.
The day after his internship ended, he was on a plane to Tucson, Arizona for The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, a two-week program where students are supervised and trained by The New York Times staff to produce local stories and a newspaper.
During the institute, Mejia photographed Rosa Robles, an undocumented mother who took sanctuary at a local church following a deportation order.
The National Press Photographers Association awarded him first place for his photo story on Robles.
His images are also published in the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle, El Tecolote and The Guardian.
He is a proud member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and the Sports Shooter community.