About Me I am a visual journalist based in Minneapolis...

About Me

I am a visual journalist based in Minneapolis with a love for visual storytelling. Recently, I interned as a multimedia journalist at the Des Moines Register. I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where I first learned to love storytelling and journalism before photography. I have always been susceptible to falling into books and losing track of the world around me until I finish that story. Now I naturally look for those stories while photographing or photo editing.

I graduated in May 2023 from the University of Missouri School of Journalism with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in photojournalism and documentary. I have worked as a staff photographer, photo editor, assistant director of photography, and a designer at the Columbia Missourian newspaper where I have covered general assignments, led sports feature projects and led visuals for the homelessness beat.
While I have taken on many different jobs, I enjoy my work the most when I get to guide and collaborate with others. I think a big part of visual journalism is a conversation with colleagues, subjects, and our audience. With my experience in various leadership roles within the photo department and as a designer I am adept to making sense of complex stories and being creative with what I can find and what I am given.

Instagram and Twitter: @photosmichelleg


Photo by Madi Winfield.

Michelle Gutierrez

Michelle Gutierrez is a visual journalist primarily working as a photo editor.
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