I’m Rebecca, and I’m a visual journalist and photo editor based in Atlanta, Georgia.
I’ve always been a storyteller; I’ve kept a journal for as long as I can remember, I started experimenting with photography and video when I was 12 years old, and my mom still has a copy of “The Wright Family News,” a quarterly newspaper I wrote and illustrated when I was six, complete with a games page and receipe section. (The Christmas Edition was a big hit.)
I’ve grown up, and my passion for journalism has grown, too. I believe that visual journalism has the power to influence public opinion, create change in our local and global communities and convey the emotions of individuals authentically. I have developed a strong understanding of the importance of visuals for online news organizations, and I hope my work translates this value to others.
Currently I’m a freelance photo editor at CNN, where I help research and select the best images for breaking news and feature stories across CNN Digital’s various platforms. I’ve curated galleries about the US Women’s National Team celebration, Sarah Sanders’ career at the White House, various Democratic presidential candidates and our photodesk franchises Week in Photos and What a Shot!. I’m also a freelance photographer in the North Georgia area. My work has been published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Athens Banner Herald.
I was a photographer, photo editor and digital managing editor at my college newspaper The Red & Black. I gained experience photographing a wide variety of sports including football, gymnastics, swimming and diving, cycling, basketball and more. I’ve covered vigils, protests, and campaign events. I met and photographed former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and Athens mayor Kelly Girtz. The Red & Black provided me with opportunities I could only dream of, and I’m thankful I got to serve my community through such an important institution.
As a member of the National Press Photographer’s Association (NPPA), I adhere to their code of ethics.
In my free time, I’m likely plucking away at my ukulele, binge-watching Bon Appetit YouTube videos or road-tripping to my favorite place in the states — Asheville, North Carolina.