Biography

PANORAMA CITY, CA: August 18, 2016 - We visit GALS, an all-girls charter school in L.A. Unified. Please take photos of students and teachers, and please shoot video of the morning activity: the school day starts with a morning workout, and {quote}positive affirmations.{quote} It's a quirky program: the uniform requires t-shirts and yoga pants. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

PANORAMA CITY, CA: August 18, 2016 - We visit GALS, an all-girls charter school in L.A. Unified. Please take photos of students and teachers, and please shoot video of the morning activity: the school day starts with a morning workout, and "positive affirmations." It's a quirky program: the uniform requires t-shirts and yoga pants. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

Katie Falkenberg is a staff photographer at the Los Angeles Times. Raised in Ohio, Falkenberg began her career in Washington, D.C., covering the White House and Capitol Hill as a freelance photographer. From 2006 through 2009, she was a staff photographer at The Washington Times, where she began to focus on documenting contemporary issues in America. Her passion is working on issue-related projects, and she considers it a great privilege and responsibility to tell the stories of people who may not have a chance to be heard otherwise.  

In 2016 she was named Multimedia Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), and placed second in Multimedia Photographer of the Year in Pictures of the Year International (POYi). Her short film, "Without Nature, No Life," was an Official Honoree in the 2016 Webby Awards. Falkenberg has been the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy award for Domestic Photography, the Hillman Prize in Photojournalism, the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for Short Form Video, and the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award for Feature Photography. 

Her photography and multimedia work have also been recognized by Pictures of the Year International, the White House News Photographers Association, and the National Press Photographers Association. Her short film, "Uninsured in the Mississippi Delta," won the Human Rights award at the 2010 Media That Matters film festival. Falkenberg graduated from Warren Wilson College, in North Carolina, with a degree in Studio Art.