Stephanie Strasburg is a photojournalist with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covering a wide range of assignments. She is drawn to explore the evolving landscape, economy, and sociopolitical conditions of the Rust Belt and is interested in developing new ways for stories to be found and shared in her community. Recently, Stephanie is working on a long term project that takes a deep dive into lives effected by the opioid epidemic in Pittsburgh’s overdose capital of Carrick. In 2016, her work focused around the political landscape of Appalachia. Her freelance clients include the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Cosmopolitan, ESPN, Reuters, STAT News, Vox, and USA Today.
Before learning her craft by following around photojournalists that would tolerate her curiosity, Strasburg worked as a bartender, landscaper, environmental educator, farm worker, and artists’ assistant. Always interested in strengthening her community, she teaches documentary photography at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and works with the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Skibo Society to make art more accessible to her city. Her still, video, and multimedia work has been recognized by local, state, and national awards and exhibits and she is a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee. Strasburg lives outside of Pittsburgh with her photo partner in crime, Justin Merriman, (and their lizard, Grizz) and is a graduate of Goddard College’s Individualized Studies program.