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Judy Griesedieck

Judy Griesedieck


Currently a freelance photojournalist based in Minneapolis, MN, Judy has been a staff photographer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the San Jose Mercury News and the Hartford Courant. During her career, she has covered a variety of events - the Winter Olympics in Calgary, two Democratic Conventions, several presidential campaigns, and three Super Bowls, but the projects she has loved the most have been closer to home, where she has produced numerous documentary photo essays, including an year long investigation into California's nursing home industry while working at the San Jose Mercury News.

Judy and her family experienced a huge change in their lives when her husband, a photo editor, decided to enter medical school in his 30's. Intrigued by what it took to mold a doctor, Judy embarked upon a multimedia project for the Star Tribune that followed the University of Minnesota medical school class through four years of training. A move to Connecticut for her husband's residency allowed her to continue this project, producing five audio slideshows for the University of CT Orthopedic residency program, a photo journalistic approach which involved placing wireless mics on surgeons, shooting fifteen surgical procedures and following residents in clinic consulting with patients. .

Judy currently does freelance photography for Minnesota Public Radio. While producing a video for MPR in 2015 on the University of MN Bee Squad, a group of women that work with honeybees in the Twin Cities, including raising bees on the rooftops of Twin Cities art museums and hotels, Judy became intrigued with honey bees and the related colony collapse issue that the Bee Squad was investigating. After the project was published, Judy began to work part time for the University of Minnesota Bee Squad at their request, shooting stills and videos for the university's community outreach program. She also began hands on work with honey bees, assisting the Bee Squad, taking care of over 500 honey bee colonies in Minnesota, a unique experience in spite of the slight downside of having been stung over 50 times. A research grant in January of 2017 gave Judy the opportunity to photograph beekeepers working with the more aggressive Africanized honeybees in Nicaragua.