Melissa Bunni Elian


Multimedia Journalist Melissa Bunni Elian uses photography, video, words and audio to connect with everyday people to expose narratives from the fault lines of society, exposing issues, highlighting progress and the universal beauty of the ordinary. Her work has been published in The New York Times, NBC News, Quartz, ESPN, NPR, BuzzFeed & Glamour. She’s also produced work for various organizations like Google, The Equal Justice Initiative and UN Women. Beginning with video in 2010 at The Journal News, in 2013, she began freelancing as a photojournalist. After enrolling in Columbia Journalism School, May 2016, she was hired as a Photo Editor by, where she remained throughout the election year. Alumni of the Missouri Photo Workshop.67 and Eddie Adams Workshop XXX, Bunni is also the recipient of a Pulitzer Center grant for a research trip to South Africa for her long form multimedia analysis on the global impact of AFROPUNK.

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