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.
Stephanie was part of the team at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting in 2019 for coverage of Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue shooting. Recently, Stephanie is working on projects on child poverty, sexual abuse in the Plain communities, and 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 Cosmopolitan, ESPN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, STAT News, Eater.com, WBEZ Chicago, and The Guardian.
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.