photo by Michelle Gutierrez
I am a photo/documentary journalism and sustainability student at the University of Missouri. I am a photographer and photo editor at the Columbia Missourian, and my work has been featured in publications including Vox Magazine, The Kansas City Pitch and Worthless Studios's "FREE FILM : JUNE 2020" photo book.
In 2021, I interned as a digital marketer for The Park Adoption Community Center and for Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in 2022. I participated in La Trobe University's journalism program in Melbourne, Australia for the first half of 2023 and spent my time outside of class backpacking the coast and photographing the experience.
My passion for visual storytelling lies in the humanization of environmental issues. I aim to put a face to topics like agriculture, climate change and wildlife conservation, building a connection between people to the planet they live on. When I am not in the newsroom, I am likely out rock climbing, getting boba with friends or in the tattoo studio building my sleeve.