Katie Falkenberg is a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times where she works as both a photo and video journalist. In 2016 she was named Multimedia Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), and her portfolio received 2nd place for the Multimedia Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) contest. Her short film, "Without Nature, No Life," was named an Official Honoree in the 2016 Webby Awards. For her photo and video work documenting three families struggling from the Great Recession — two years after it officially ended — she received the Robert F. Kennedy award for Domestic Photography, the Hillman Prize in Photojournalism, and the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for Short Form Video.
Though the majority of her work is home-based, assignments have taken her across the Sierra Nevada mountain range on horseback, trekking through the jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo, hiking up canyons to ancient Anasazi ruins in the remote backcountry of Utah, to the madrassas of Pakistan, and along both the rural and city roads of northeast Brazil to report on the Zika virus.
When not working, she can be found surfing, fly fishing, or tending to her vegetable garden.