Along with photojournalism experience in wires, agencies, magazines, and long-term projects, Tim Matsui has nearly 15 years of experience reporting on trauma and victimization. He won the inaugural Women’s Initiative Photography Grant from the Alexia Foundation for his project Leaving the Life, a look at grassroots efforts to address domestic minor sex trafficking. He has also won grants from the Open Society Foundations, Fund for Investigative Journalism, and The Fledgling Fund. He shares an Emmy nomination and an Overseas Press Club award, was a finalist for the Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford, and in 2013 participated in a two-week journalism lecturing tour at the invitation of the US Embassy in South Africa.
Tim McLaughlin is an editor and producer of documentaries at the award-winning production studio MediaStorm. He has worked on over 25 films since 2010, including MediaStorm’s first feature film, The Long Night. His work has received recognition from the National Press Photographers Association (Best Documentary Multimedia Story) as well as the Webby Awards (Honorable Mention).
Brian Storm is founder and executive producer of the award-winning multimedia production studio MediaStorm based in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to launching MediaStorm in 2005, Storm spent two years as vice president of News, Multimedia & Assignment Services for Corbis, a digital media agency founded and owned by Bill Gates.
Carey Wagner is an independent photojournalist and multimedia storyteller. She was a Spring 2012 Fellow with the International Reporting Project covering gender-based violence in Papua New Guinea. Carey’s photography and video has been honored by the National Press Photographers Association, Society of Professional Journalists and Society for News Design for her up-close coverage of issues including domestic violence, growth in Panama, and unique domestic relationships.
Joe Fuller is a motion graphic designer, filmmaker, and avid drawer. His motion graphic work on features for the Kansas City Chiefs led to two Regional Emmy's and several nominations for in stadium and publicity graphics. Fuller entered motion design as a means of combining video with his traditional art background.
Nandi Plunkett is a musician and composer from Williamstown, MA. She graduated summa cum laude from Kenyon College in 2011 with a BA in music, specializing in classical singing and composition. She now writes music, sings, and plays keyboards for her experimental pop project Half Waif and released her debut full-length album KOTEKAN in July 2014, which was produced by Found Sound Nation collaborator Devin Greenwood.
The Alexia Foundation’s inaugural Women’s Initiative Grant provided the seed capital for this project. The Foundation promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice, to respect history lest we forget it and to understand cultural difference as our strength – not our weakness. Through grants, scholarships and special projects, The Alexia Foundation supports photographers as agents for change.