Kathleen Flynn is a photojournalist and documentary filmmaker focusing on stories of struggle and injustice. She has covered the effects of conflict and natural disasters across the world while also dedicating months and at times years in documenting the experiences of the people she has met. Her work has exposed abuse, prompted change and brought attention to hidden populations.
She is currently working as a project advisor for Reel Peace, an initiative designed to uplift the voices of women in Liberia, West Africa, through training and equipping 45 women across the country as visual storytellers. It is a project of the Accountability Lab with support of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund. Women are largely marginalized in politics, particularly in leadership and decision making roles in Liberia. The country was ranked 177th out of 188 countries in the recent UN Gender Inequality Index, lower than Afghanistan and Yemen. At a time when peace and nation building are crucial in Liberia, Reel Peace will create short films that will be screened at a film festival in Monrovia, shared on various platforms from social media to video clubs in villages throughout the country. She believes that through this collaboration, and the conversation created from the work, there is potential for incredible impact when it comes to justice, peace and equality.
Flynn has spent nearly 20 years as a working journalist, including a decade at the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) and three years at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. In 2016, she was named the Multimedia Photography and Design Fellow at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where she was an assistant teacher and masters student for a year and a half. She then taught as a visiting faculty member at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the spring of 2018.
Before heading to Syracuse, Flynn was part of a small team of documentarians who traveled for three months with "Veterans Coming Home," a multi-platform public media project made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for PBS. She and her team, half of whom were veterans, explored ideas of service and citizenry in an effort to give a voice to veterans while opening national dialogue about veterans' issues.