Stephanie Strasburg is a Pittsburgh-based photojournalist and documentary filmmaker devoted to community journalism and investigative projects. She is drawn to the evolving landscape, economy, and sociopolitical conditions of the valleys she calls home and is interested in practicing journalism as a collaborative craft.
Stephanie’s recent work as a staff photographer with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette includes an investigation on child sexual abuse in the Amish and Mennonite communities, for which she and her fellow reporters were named finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting and awarded a Mid-Atlantic Emmy. She is part of the Post-Gazette team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for coverage of the Tree of Life synagogue massacre. Other projects examine the generational and geographic imprint of overdose; industry’s impact on Pennsylvania’s third-class cities, and child poverty in her region. In 2017, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting supported Stephanie’s travel to document the environmental and economic fallout from Alcoa’s departure from Suriname after a century as the country’s largest employer. Her work has been recognized by awards, publications, and exhibits around the world and her freelance clients include Cosmopolitan, ESPN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, STAT News, Eater.com, WBEZ Chicago, and The Guardian.
Stephanie is a graduate of Goddard College’s Individualized Studies program where she focused on food politics and sustainable design. A believer in photography’s ability to build community, she teaches, speaks, and mentors in the field with her photo partner-in-crime, Justin Merriman, and is on a constant quest to pay it forward.
Photo credit: Jeff Swensen