Emily Kassie, Investigative Journalist and Filmmaker

Emily Kassie is an Emmy and Peabody nominated investigative journalist and filmmaker. She has covered conflict, abuse and fracture points in the U.S and internationally for PBS Newshour, the New York Times, Netflix, Frontline, Time, the Guardian and more. Her work has been honored with three Edward R. Murrow awards, an Overseas Press Club award, two National Magazine Awards, two World Press photo awards, the Peabody Future of Media award, two Front Page awards and six National Press Photographer Awards amongst others.

Reporting across the U.S, she has covered immigrant detention, hate crimes, sexual abuse, the opioid epidemic, the prison system, corporate corruption of major companies from Johnson and Johnson to DuPont Plastics and the impact of the coronavirus on immigrant communities. Her work on immigrant detention and sexual abuse was used as evidence in the Senate judiciary hearing on child separation. Internationally, she has reported on the ground on ISIS radicalization in Europe, child labor in Turkey, the Syrian refugee crisis in Greece and Germany, sex trafficking and mafia control in Italy, weapons and drug smuggling in the Saharan desert and the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. She smuggled into Taliban territory and met with commanders as well as regional warlords and Afghan forces.

Emily was the founding creative director of Huffington Post’s investigative magazine, Highline, and was the Director of Visual Projects at The Marshall Project, where she oversaw visual journalism and created a partnership with Sundance, funding and producing short docs by justice-impacted filmmakers. In 2019 she was named multimedia journalist of the year by POYi and was also named a Livingston award finalist. In 2020 she was named Forbes 30 under 30 in media. She graduated with honors from Brown University when she was awarded the Academy Award for student documentary and was a Gates Scholar at Cambridge where she completed her masters in International Relations.