Yalonda "Yoshi" James is an award-winning photojournalist, video producer, and documentary filmmaker originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina. Her passion is documenting stories focusing on social justice issues.
Before joining the San Francisco Chronicle, Yoshi worked for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, TN, and The Charlotte Observer in Charlotte, NC. During her tenure at the CO, Yoshi was a 2008 Pulitzer Prize finalist with her Observer team for a project called, 'Sold a Nightmare,' which earned them a second place Gold Medal for Public Service. Her short documentary film, “The BLM (Black Lives Matter) Bridge Protest: One Year Later,” will screen at the Bend Film Festival in Bend, Oregon in October 2018.