Kathleen Flynn is an independent visual journalist based in New Orleans, LA. She is an adviser for Reel Peace, a United Nations Development Program funded initiative designed to lift the voices of women in Liberia. The project initiated by the nonprofit Accountability Lab, trains and equips participants as visual storytellers.
Flynn served as a visiting faculty member at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the spring of 2018. She was the Multimedia Photography and Design Fellow at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 2016-17. Previously she worked more than 15 years as a journalist, including a decade at the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) and three years at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune in New Orleans.
In 2016, Flynn was part of a small team of documentarians who traveled for three months creating, “Veterans Coming Home,” a multi-platform public media project made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for PBS. She and her team, half of whom were veterans, explored ideas of service and citizenry in an effort to give a voice to veterans while opening national dialogue about veterans’ issues.
In addition to her dedication to community journalism in Florida and Louisiana, she has covered Hurricane Katrina, the tsunami in Thailand, immigration in Mexico, post-conflict Liberia, India’s booming pharmaceutical industry, the war in Afghanistan, and Haiti.
Her work has received numerous awards, including six regional Emmys in 2013, 2014 and 2016, honors in 2012 and 2013 from the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism and a 2013 Casey Medal, awarded for the nation’s best reporting on children, youth and families. Flynn was named the NPPA’s Region 6 photographer of the year in 2004.
Kathleen is a founding member of American Reportage.