Bernadette Tuazon

Director of Photography | CNN Digital

Bernadette Tuazon is the director of photography for CNN Digital, where she oversees photo coverage of breaking news, features and long-term projects. Tuazon manages a team of photo editors spread across the globe.

She has a career in photojournalism spanning 35 years. She has covered breaking news and special events such as the death of Queen Elizabeth II; presidential elections, conventions and inaugurations; and seven Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

Under her leadership, the CNN photo team has won Webby Awards for the Best Use of Photography; the 2020 Visa d’or: Daily Press Award at the Visa Pour l’Image photo festival in Perpignan, France; the 2022 POYi Angus McDougall Excellence in Editing Award; and the 2023 Deadline Club Award in Feature Photos.

Before CNN, Tuazon was a senior photo editor for the Associated Press, where she covered breaking news, sports and features, and worked with photographers on a variety of multimedia projects. While at the AP, Tuazon was part of the team that was awarded the 2010 Edward R. Murrow Award for video news documentary for the project “Killer Blue: Baptized by Fire.”

Tuazon has served as a juror for the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Anja Niedringhaus Courage Awards and has been a juror, portfolio reviewer and a panelist at Visa Pour I’Image. She has also been a reviewer for the New York Portfolio Review, AAJA, NPPA and the Vogue International Portfolio Review, and in 2018 she was a mentor for Women Photograph.

Tuazon studied General and International Studies at Columbia University in New York and graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines with a B.A. in Communication, majoring in journalism.

She currently lives in New York with her husband, two daughters, and their excitable 99-pound Goldendoodle, Charlie.