Moriah Ratner is a freelance photojournalist based in Portland, Oregon. She holds a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. An opportunity to shadow Doug Mills, a New York Times photographer at the White House, sparked Moriah's interest in covering politics. During the summer of 2016, she interned with The Hill, a political newspaper on Capitol Hill, as a press photographer covering hearings, press conferences and breaking news on Capitol Hill and at the White House. Following this experience, she spent a week interning at Annie Leibovitz's studio in New York City, assisting with administrative tasks and researching shoot concepts. Moriah was a staff photographer for Syracuse University's independent newspaper, The Daily Orange, and had previously held a position as an assistant photo editor. She was the 2018 summer photography/videography intern for the Naples Daily News in Southwest Florida.
As a psychology minor, personal projects are often associated with aspects of childhood in how young adolescents cope with trauma. Moriah documented the journey of a 13-year-old girl with a rare and terminal brain cancer for almost two years in hopes of de-stigmatizing the ways in which the public conceptualizes childhood cancer. Her desire to express compassion drives her motivation for genuine visual storytelling.
Moriah is a member of WPOW, NPPA, and the White House News Photographers Association. Moriah is the 2018 recipient of WPOW’s Lena Grant, the 2018 recipient of NPPF's Reid Blackburn and Richard Clarkson Scholarships, and the 2017 recipient of the Virginia News Photographers Association George Smith Memorial Scholarship. Moriah won first place in the 2018 Hearst Journalism Awards Program for Picture Story/Series and gold in the documentary category of the 73rd College Photographer of the Year contest. Moriah attended the Eddie Adams Workshop XXX and was accepted to the New York Times 2018 Portfolio Review.
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