Joanna B. Pinneo is a freelance photojournalist whose work has taken her to 66 countries from Tierra de Fuego in the south to Grise Fiord in the Arctic Circle. Joanna has covered immigration, global climate change, land disputes, ancient African trade routes and native peoples worldwide.
In 2016 Joanna was awarded A Ted Scripps Environmental Journalism Fellowship at the University of Colorado. Joanna’s project is the effect of household air pollution on women and children in the developing world, and she continues to work on environmental issues.
Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, awarded a LIFE Magazine Alfred Eisenstadt prize for Nature Photography, Joanna's work has appeared in book collections including Women In the Material World and America at Home. Magazine work includes National Geographic, New York Times, Time, Geo, and American Photographer. Her photograph of a child sleeping with its mother in Mali, West Africa is included in the 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic and graced the cover of National Geographic Magazine and the book Women Photographers at National Geographic. Joanna received an NPPA/Nikon Documentary Sabbatical Grant for her project Grrlstories exploring girls’ coming of age in America, a project dedicated to giving girls a voice through photography.
Joanna is a member of Girls Who Click, a non-profit organization designed to introduce girls to nature photography and inspire conservation.
Joanna is currently working on a book about the meaning of photographs in our lives and the people she has met.
Based in Colorado Joanna is represented by Aurora Photos.
I'm an independent photojournalist in my native Austin, Texas. I've worked for large metropolitan dailies as well as small-town newspapers and honored with recognition from Pictures of the Year International, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism, the Missouri Press Association, the Associated Press, and anyone who ever put my photo on their fridge.
I'm founder of a monthly photo gathering cleverly named Austin Photo Night and am the current NPPA Regional Chair for the South.
Clients include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USAToday, Wired, The Dallas Morning News, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Texas Highways Magazine, Reuters, The Texas Observer, and the University of Texas.
Alyssa Schukar is a Chicago-based documentary photographer, educator, and workshop leader. Her work focuses on how the environment and public policies affect communities.
She's a frequent contributor to the New York Times and has worked extensively in East Chicago, Indiana — once touted as the country’s “most industrialized municipality” — which offers a view of environmental injustices emerging throughout the Rust Belt. This work was recently honored with Cliff Edom's "New America Award."
Schukar spent the first five years of her career on staff at a newspaper in the Great Plains where she traveled on documentary and portrait assignments. She also spent two months reporting daily during a military embed in Afghanistan.
Cheryl Preheim is the evening anchor at the NBC affiliate in Atlanta. She joined WXIA, 11Alive News, after working at TEGNA's sister station in Denver, KUSA 9NEWS. Cheryl has been honored with the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow award three times.
She has been awarded nine Emmys, including Best Anchor, in-depth news story reporting, feature reporting, and for a half-hour documentary about her trip to Haiti. Cheryl wrote and produced the special, "From Haiti to Home."
She says in depth interviews with Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai, Former President Jimmy Carter, and virtuoso violinist Izhak Perlman are among her most memorable.
The Olympics have been a favorite assignment for Cheryl. She covered them 4 times traveling to London, Sochi Russia, Rio, and South Korea. She covers the Olympics as a multi-skilled journalist; shooting and editing her own stories. In Korea, she engineered her own live shots as well.
Cheryl and her husband have four young children. Her youngest is 2 years old. She spends a lot of time working with many community organizations.
Cheryl lunched her “Brave Conquers Fear” series after 2 of her children faces medical challenges. Her 7-year-old son had an unexpected open-heart surgery. Her son came up with the motto “Brave Conquers Fear.” Cheryl now does stories that profile courage in the community through her “Brave Conquers Fear” series.
Katie joined 9NEWS in August 2017 as an MSJ (multi-skilled journalist) which means she shoots, writes, edits and reports.
Before heading west, she worked in Albany, New York where she won a New York Emmy Award for a story about a bunch of people playing hooky to watch a bridge implode.
Katie's favorite stories are about normal people doing not-so-normal things.
Katie also won a couple New England Emmy Awards for her work as a video journalist at the Boston Herald where she covered the Boston Marathon bombings and told the stories of survivors.
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 her 15 minutes of fame in a few cameos on The Colbert Report. One of them included her story on the longest garage sale in the country.
Originally from Maine, Katie loves running, Broadway musicals, and her long distance husband and cat.
Ama Arthur-Asmah is an award-winning photojournalist who works at KUSA in Denver, Colorado. She got her start in photojournalism working in beautiful Burlington, Vermont. After surviving one New England winter, she moved south to Richmond, Virginia. At CBS 6 she learned how to be a better storyteller. While in Richmond, she worked on special projects covering the pitfalls of mental health care to the making of the Broadway hit, "The Lion King". In Richmond, Ama shot her most memorable story on a man named Thomas Haynesworth, who spent 27 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. After years of missing Colorado’s blue skies, she moved back to Denver where she worked at KDVR before hoping across the street to KUSA. Ama is happy to be back in Denver where she is learning more about her hometown through storytelling. When she is not working, she enjoys hiking around the state with her Canon, or checking out Denver’s ever-changing food scene!
Ama is most proud of her recent Salute to Excellence National Media Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. This award was granted for a story she produced on the life of Ed Dwight Jr., a world renowned, African-American sculptor in the Denver area. Ama has also been honored with three Regional Emmys, and one Regional Murrow.
Ama is committed to finding unique stories which highlight people of color in her community. She is also very involved with NPPA’s Women in Visual Journalism Conference.
Joining 9NEWS on December 5, 2017, was a dream come true for Sonia.
She’s a Colorado native, grew up in Denver and has deep roots in the Latinx community.
Es Latina y bilingüe.
This isn’t Sonia’s first time with 9NEWS. She was an intern years ago and worked for Telemundo Denver when they were housed inside our building.
After Telemundo, Sonia headed to the deep south. In South Carolina she worked with News19 WLTX. There she covered multiple hurricanes, the Charleston church shooting and the 1,000 year flood.
Critical life and death information wasn’t getting to the Hispanic community during that flood until Sonia began relaying the information in Spanish on-air, online, and through social media.
That bilingual reporting earned her an Emmy nomination.
When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Sonia was sent to help our sister station in Houston. She spent a month there and told stories from communities not many other news outlets were going to. During that trip, Sonia was offered the job in Denver.
She’s an MSU Roadrunner and Ranum Radier.
Sonia was a part of the great work on Colorado driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants that earned Telemundo Denver multiple awards.
Anusha Roy joined 9NEWS in December 2016.
She previously worked in Washington, Idaho and Texas.
Anusha started her career in the Tri-Cities and in the shadow of the Hanford Nuclear Site covered fears of nuclear debris reaching Washington following a massive tsunami that hit Japan.
She later moved north to work as a reporter in Idaho and Spokane, Wash. Anusha found herself digging into an environmental controversy that pitted supporters of endangered wildlife against communities that depend on logging to survive.
She then moved back to Seattle, her home town, to work as a writer and associate producer for KIRO-TV before moving to Texas.
In San Antonio she worked to raise awareness about sex trafficking, reported in Waco after a biker shoot out resulted in 177 arrests and nine deaths as well as anchored the Saturday morning news.
She also received the Excellence in Media Award from the Texas Veterans Commission.
Anusha first fell in love with news when she interned with a TV network in India.
As she worked toward her journalism degree at the University of Washington, she co-produced and filmed a documentary on arranged marriages that was screened at the Independent South Asian Film Festival in Seattle.
She also narrated the award-winning documentary Threads. The film is about a Bangladeshi artist who taught a type of quilting that turned into a livelihood for hundreds of destitute women.
Anne Herbst is the Director of Visual Journalism at KUSA in Denver. She’s also the co-organizer (along with Julia Robinson) of the NPPA Women in Visual Journalism Conference.
Along with helping lead the one of the best photojournalist teams in the country, Anne is also a photojournalist and MMJ at KUSA. She likes to tell stories that make people proud to live in Colorado.
If you’re into the awards thing, Anne has won a few. Her husband is still trying to figure out what to do with her four national Murrow awards, her 30+ Emmys, and her numerous NPPA awards, including the NPPA Solo Video Journalist of the Year, and four regional NPPA Photographer of the Year awards. He thinks they need to put up a shelf. Anne is not quite sure about that. Any decorating tips are welcome.
Anne spends most of her free time with her husband, friends, and dog Stella. They all go hiking and biking and skiing and craft-beer-drinking in the best state in the country (in her opinion).
Zora Stephenson joined FOX31 and Colorado’s Own Channel 2 as a reporter July 2017.
Zora is originally from Northern Virginia, but calls North Carolina home as well.
Before moving to Denver, Zora was a reporter at WNCT, the CBS affiliate in Greenville, North Carolina. She won RTDNAC's 2017 Reporter of the Year Award for her work in Eastern North Carolina. While in North Carolina, Zora covered just about everything and is no stranger to the big stories. She has covered multiple hurricanes and tropical storms including Hurricane Matthew. The historic storm gained national attention after it caused major flooding in Eastern North Carolina. She traveled the state of North Carolina to cover the 2016 presidential election. She was the stations go-to political reporter and enjoyed breaking down the democratic process for viewers. As a former Division 1 basketball player at Elon University, Zora will always love sports. It was normal to see her filling in as a sports anchor or on the football field reporting.
Zora also has experience as a sideline reporter, analyst, and host. During March of 2017, Zora worked for the Colonial Athletic Association during its basketball championships.
Zora is a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists as well as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.
When Zora isn’t working she enjoys attending various sporting events, spending time with friends and family, and trying out new restaurants. She’s always up for a good pickup game of basketball as well.
Heidi Wigdahl is a multimedia journalist at KARE 11 in Minneapolis. As a general assignment reporter, she focuses on making the most out of day-turn stories. Heidi, a Minnesota native, started her career at KTTC in Rochester, Minn. She then headed south to Knoxville, Tenn. and spent two years at WBIR. Heidi graduated from DePaul University where the College of Communication named her “Journalism Student of the Year.” Her solo video work has received several awards, including an Emmy and two Regional Edward R. Murrow awards. In 2015, the Tennessee Associated Press named her “Best TV Reporter.” She loves journalism but she loves her cats more. Bunny Pancake and Backpack the Brave tolerate the company of their caretakers: Heidi and her husband, Eliot.