Megan Mitchell is an anchor and reporter for WLWT, the NBC affiliate in Cincinnati and a TikToker focusing on LGBTQ & mental health topics with 1.7 million followers. She received a Emmy Award in 2020 for her work covering teen suicide. And in 2017, Megan's work received first place out of every local news station in the country by the National Association of LGBTQ Journalists (NLGJA), for her documentary covering Two Spirit Native Americans. She was the first reporter to break the story of the Standing Rock Reservation’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, which caused international uproar. She received the award for Best TV News Reporter in the state from the North Dakota Broadcast Association and a dozen other local broadcast awards.
Hannah Yoon is a Canadian Korean photographer based in Philadelphia. She primarily works as a photographer for national newspapers and magazines, along with other global publications. Hannah explores ideas of race and identity to better understand who we are in our current social climate. She is a member of Women Photograph, Diversify Photo and a founding board member of Authority Collective
Daniella Zalcman is a Vietnamese-American documentary photographer based in New Orleans, LA. She is a 2021 Catchlight Fellow, a multiple grantee of the National Geographic Society and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a fellow with the International Women's Media Foundation, and the founder of Women Photograph, a nonprofit working to elevate the voices of women and nonbinary visual journalists.
Her work tends to focus on the legacies of western colonization, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the forced assimilation education of Indigenous children in North America. Her ongoing project, Signs of Your Identity, is the recipient of the Arnold Newman Prize, a Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award, the FotoEvidence Book Award, the Magnum Foundation's Inge Morath Award, and part of Open Society Foundation's Moving Walls 24. You can find her work in National Geographic Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Mashable, BuzzFeed, TIME, The New York Times, and elsewhere.
Daniella is a proud member of the Authority Collective and Diversify Photo, a co-founder of Indigenous Photograph, a co-founder and creative director of We, Women, and a co-author of the Photo Bill of Rights.
Daniella regularly lectures at high schools and universities, and is available for assignments and speaking engagements internationally. She is a member of the board of trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, the board of directors of the ACOS Alliance, and the board of governors of the Overseas Press Club. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in architecture in 2009.
Summer Dashe is a main anchor and the director of storytelling at WATE in Knoxville. She leads a ten session workshop series on shooting, editing, and writing techniques. There is nothing she loves more about her job than helping other journalists find fulfillment and success in news and says she's got the best management position in the business!
She was previously a main anchor, MMJ, and managing editor in South Carolina where she launched the station's first investigative team. She now focuses on investigative work and long form special reports.
Though her official career began in Texas, she started working for her local paper in California before she even had her license. Since then, she has won multiple Emmys and other regional awards for MMJing, anchoring, and as part of a wonderful team.
Journalism is the purpose Dashe chose in life and disability advocacy is the purpose life chose for her. A life altering diagnosis at 26 changed her perspective and path dramatically. You'll often see her post about her condition on social media. Using brutal honesty, borderline inappropriate humor, and a sprinkle of humility, she hopes her posts help educate, spread awareness, and empower. Writing is her superpower and it is her honor to use her storytelling skills to help the world and its humans even just a tiny bit.
She's allegedly getting married in March if the pandemic doesn't ruin the wedding again. She and her fiance will tell you independently that they might love their dogs more than each other and that suits them just perfectly. Yes, the dogs will be in the wedding...eventually.
Jessie Cohen is a National Correspondent and Speciality Multimedia Journalist with the E.W. Scripps National OTT team. Every week she is traveling to a new city and meeting incredible people to tell national stories with a local angle. She is truly living her dream of doing long form documentary style storytelling.
Alongside her day job, she is also the NPPA’s National Chair for the Quarterly Clip Contest. She wants every journalist in our industry to feel like they have a positive outlet for feedback, mentorship and growth. So if you’re not involved in the NPPA, she’d love to help change that!!
Her last job was in Louisville, Kentucky as a nightside MMJ. While there she covered Breonna Taylor protests on the frontlines and met some of the most incredible protesters whose stories needed to be told. She recently won an Emmy for that work. Throughout her career she’s also been nominated for several other emmys and taken home a few AP and NPPA awards.
After graduating from the University of Maryland in 2017 (go Terps!!!!) Jessie began her career in Fargo, North Dakota. The coldest it got there was -57 degrees (without the windchill) and that definitely set her up to report in anything!
A Jersey girl turned Coloradan, shell always hold on to her New York City roots but there’s no place she’d rather live now than Denver. When she’s not holding her camera she’s trying all the best restaurants, snuggling with her adorable dog Winston, hiking and exploring with her boyfriend taylor and laughing with friends!
Frances Wang currently anchors the morning news for CBS Miami. Born and raised in San Francisco, Frances has dreamed of being a journalist since she was a kid. As the daughter of an immigrant, Frances's first job was actually working at her mom's hermit crab kiosk at the mall when they moved to Sacramento. Frances was just 8 years old. A local TV station opened up a studio right next to them, and she watched the newscasts every day. Frances has always been the most talkative of her peers, so her former teachers and classmates are not surprised she went into news broadcasting. Her favorite part of her job is getting to know people she may not have met otherwise. She loves to tell stories about the amazing things people do for their communities, especially sharing the good!
After graduating from St. Francis High School, Frances went on to become a Trojan at the University of Southern California. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. In her 4 years at USC, she also got a second Bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Most recently, Frances was an anchor and reporter at the ABC affiliate in Sacramento, her hometown. Frances has also worked at the CBS station in Spokane, Washington, and interned for CNN LA & Beijing, E! News, and KABC-TV.
Rebecca Lopez is the senior crime and justice reporter at WFAA in Dallas, TX. She joined the station in April 1998, and is decorated with multiple Emmys, a National Murrow and numerous community service awards.
She's covered the Dallas Police Department since 2003. Over the years, she broke some of the biggest stories at the Dallas Police Department including the day DPD headquarters came under attack by suspect James Boulware.
Rebecca has also covered many national stories including the Oklahoma City bombing, the siege at the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster and most recently the ambush of 5 officers in downtown Dallas.
Gabriella Angotti-Jones is a documentary photographer based in Los Angeles, CA, and is formerly a staff photographer at the Los Angeles Times. She is interested in the intersection of identity, the natural environment and environmental justice. She was previously an intern at The New York Times, following internships at the Tampa Bay Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle. She graduated from San Francisco State University in 2018, where she earned a degree in Environmental Studies.
Since 2019, Gabriella has been working on a long term book project about her experiences as a Black Girl Surfer. Drawing from experiences as a young surfer in Dana Point and San Clemente, Ca., "I Just Want to Surf" is an exploration of what it means to find community and a sense of belonging in a sport marketed to and dominated by white, male athletes.
Vanessa Misciagna is a national correspondent and video journalist for the E.W. Scripps Company, based in Denver, CO. She travels the country with her cameras, producing long-form stories for Scripps’ issues show, The Race, which airs on Newsy and the company’s 60 local news stations.
Before her most recent role, she’s had just about every other one in a local newsroom. Starting as a bureau MMJ in Vermont in 2012, she worked her way up to main anchor at her first station, WPTZ. Not ready to let go of shooting stories permanently, she went back behind a camera in 2018 for an MMJ job at KING 5 in Seattle. At her three years at KING, she held multiple roles as a morning, dayside and nightside reporter as well as weekend anchor. While there, she won an Emmy and a Scripps-Howard award.
She’s a graduate of Boston University and is originally from Simsbury, Connecticut. When not using a camera, you can find her unplugged in the backcountry – either skiing in the winter or trekking through the mountains during hiking season with her rescue dog.
Jalyn Henderson is a Visual Storyteller at NBCLX, a long-form storytelling digital news brand within NBCUniversal.
As a Visual Storyteller, Jalyn hopes to highlight the stories of everyday people in Chicago and beyond. She considers herself a bridge-builder, someone with the ability to unite people of all races, backgrounds, ethnicities and lifestyles. Jalyn believes that all people have value - so do their stories, and it’s their differences that help create such dynamic stories.
Before joining the team at NBCLX, Jalyn worked as a Community Journalist at ABC 7 Chicago and a Storyteller/MMJ at Hello SWFL, a digital platform in Ft. Myers, Florida.
Jalyn is a Houstonian and a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Katie is a reporter at 9News in Denver, Colorado where she shoots and edits her own stories.
Every day she hopes to make you understand the people she gets to meet in hopes of bringing us all closer as a community.
Her stories have won five Emmy awards and earned her numerous accolades within the National Press Photographers Association.
While at 9News, she's had the privilege of riding in a Sno-Cat during a bomb cyclone snowstorm, traveling to California to report from the fire ravaged town of Paradise and meeting kids who truly defy all odds.
Katie worked at the Boston Herald as a video journalist and was running the Boston Marathon in 2013 when the bombs went off. She spent much of her time there telling stories of the survivors, and that race will always hold a special place in her heart.
After graduating from Emerson College in 2011, Katie began her career in Des Moines, Iowa as a reporter at the ABC affiliate, WOI. While there, she got a few cameos on the Colbert Report and became known as the "Intrepid Cub Reporter."
Katie is originally from Maine, and when she's not at work, she's adventuring with her husband, Ciaran.
Background in journalism? No.
Sequencing? PKG? Huh?
She did what?
With a business degree, Tiffany left a cushy corporate marketing job to pursue her curiosity of journalism. Turns out, she fell in love with this risky move. In just over four years, she learned the industry hands-on in California, Louisiana, Iowa and Oklahoma before landing a job at WFAA in Dallas, Texas. She’s been in Dallas a little over two years now.
Tiffany is proud to haul around her gear, turning down “reporter” positions for MMJ spots. She loves the whole process and believes it makes her a stronger journalist. She’s been able to tell stories around the world. Her most memorable experience was soloing in Haiti.
Tiffany is co-president of the Asian American Journalism Association Texas Chapter. She has taken home a few Emmy, Texas AP, RTDNA, and NPPA awards.
When Tiffany is not busy turning daily stories, you’ll find her on a plane/beach/mountain, with her dogs, holding a camera, or all of the above.
Oh, but now with the COVID-19 pandemic during her free time, she’s mostly home playing Animal Crossing and baking sourdough bread with her dogs while watching true crime shows.
Julia is an independent photojournalist based in Austin, Texas. She began as a staff photographer for large metropolitan dailies and small-town newspapers across the US covering everything from house fires to professional sports. She returned to her hometown in 2009 and covers the great state of Texas for clients including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.