Whitney Shefte


Whitney Shefte is a Peabody, Murrow and Emmy Award-winning senior video journalist at The Washington Post, where she has worked since 2006. Whitney has documented climate change in Greenland, the ongoing conflict in Western Sahara, press access issues in Pakistan, myriad issues across the United States, and most recently, the war in Ukraine. In 2023 and 2019, Whitney was selected as the White House News Photographers Association’s Multimedia Journalist of the Year. She was awarded Best Individual Portfolio winner in the National Press Photographer’s Association’s Online Best of Photojournalism awards in 2022 and 2023. Whitney served as president of the WHNPA from 2015 through 2023, leading the 102-year-old professional association that represents all visual journalists based in the Washington area. Whitney has received three reporting fellowships from the International Women’s Media Foundation, which allowed her to work in Rwanda, Western Sahara and Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication where she concentrated in photojournalism. Whitney lives in Washington, DC with her husband Hugh, dog Derry Girl and cats Izzy and Everest.

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