Bethany Swain

Photojournalist & Multimedia Producer

About Me

As an award winning video photojournalist and multimedia producer with a passion for natural sound packages, compelling characters and teaching, Bethany Swain has a track record for creating innovative and powerful journalism projects. From the campaign trail to Afghanistan, she covered a wide variety of stories during her decade as a photojournalist for CNN. Swain was a versatile member of the Washington Bureau, and one of the women that made up only 5% of CNN’s domestic photojournalists team. In 2010, Swain became the first woman to win Video Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA). Her shooting, editing and storytelling skills have been honored dozens of times, including by National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and Broadcast Education Association (BEA). In 2014, she was nominated for an Emmy®. Before leaving CNN to teach Broadcast Journalism and Multimedia at University of Maryland and enter the freelance world, Bethany launched the award-winning “In Focus” series, which is a multimedia collection of natural sound stories crafted by fellow CNN photojournalists. She also created #FamilySolutions, an award winning series with CNN Correspondent Lisa Sylvester that focuses on issues impacting parents and families. Swain holds leadership positions with Women Photojournalist of Washington (WPOW), American Journalism Review (AJR), NPPA, WHNPA, and Critical Exposure. 
She is the faculty advisor to Stories Beneath the Shell – SBS News and the NPPA UMD student chapter.  She is proud of the eight student Emmy’s, numerous SPJ awards, WHNPA honors and other awards her students won for video photography,  editing and storytelling in “ViewFinder” in the first two semesters of her innovative capstone class, Advanced Video Storytelling. Prior to CNN, Swain worked at WPTZ in Vermont, WJAR in Rhode Island, and NewsChannel 8 in Washington. Her first job was delivering the Burlington Free Press every morning, starting at age 10 until she graduated from high school in Vermont. Sometimes you could catch her at 5am reading the paper before she delivered it to her customers.

Follow Bethany on twitter: @bethanysstories

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