Brooklyn, New York
Cassandra Giraldo is an independent photojournalist and associate producer at VICE News Tonight on HBO based in Brooklyn, New York. As a freelance newspaper photographer, she contributes locally to various outlets including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. While she loves the rush of a deadline and spot news, Giraldo is dedicated to working on long-form stories related to juvenile justice, education, public school systems, and coming of age. When she's not at work, you'll find her either at Columbia Journalism School finishing her masters degree in investigative journalism or on the streets of Brooklyn documenting youth after school for her Instagram project @afterschoolproject.
Her work has been exhibited internationally and recognized by various photography organizations including Getty Images, Instagram, NPPA, American Photography, The New York Times Lens Review, and the Eddie Adams Workshop where she was awarded the Education Week award. Instagram added her to a list of Emerging Photojournalists in 2015 and she was named one of 30 Under 30 Women Photographers by Photo Boite in 2016.
She graduated from Skidmore College in 2011 with a BA in International Affairs and French after which she completed the Photojournalism & Documentary Studies program at the International Center of Photography in 2012. She is a recipient of the Elaine Exton ('33) scholarship in advanced education reporting at Columbia Journalism School where she currently studies.
Cassandra speaks French and is tapping into her Colombian and Mexican-American roots to improve her Spanish. She is a member of the Newswomen's Club of New York and is trained in battlefield first aid after a Hostile Environments and First Aid Training Course with Global Journalist Security (GJS). Passport, NYPD press credentials, and camera ready, Cassandra is available for assignments worldwide.
2016 - Finalist, Lucie Emerging Scholarship, 2016 - Photo Boite's 30 Under 30 Women Photographers , 2016 - Chosen Winner, American Photography 32, 2016 - Selected Participant , 2016 - Scholarship Winner, 2016 - Scholarship Winner, 2016 - Scholarship Winner, 2015 - Eddie Adams Workshop , 2015 - Finalist Getty Images Instagram Grant, 2015 - Chosen Winner, American Photography 31
- Audio capture
- Breaking news
- Video capture
- Video editing