Emily Maxwell is an award-winning visual journalist and documentary producer whose adventures in storytelling have taken her from the forgotten streets of the Midwest to a rhino sanctuary in Indonesia.
Emily began her career as a freelance photojournalist working for a variety of outlets in her hometown of Cincinnati. She spent a year documenting the 2008 Election and covered several music festivals, including South by Southwest in Austin.
In 2010, she began workings for WCPO-TV, an ABC affiliate in Cincinnati, as a digital reporter and visual journalist, where she reported on topics such as childhood poverty, the opioid epidemic, public housing issues and wildlife conservation. Her poverty coverage included profiling the city's tent city crisis, which made national headlines in 2018.
During her 9.5 years at WCPO-TV, she traveled often for work. She flew 10,000 miles on a cargo plane with a rhino from Ohio to Sumatra; got an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Terracotta Army in Xi’an, China; documented the impact of marijuana legalization in Colorado; and investigated the effects of coal ash on rural communities in North Carolina and Ohio.
In 2019, before she left broadcast news, Emily was part of a small documentary team that produced a feature-length piece about the deaths of 11 people outside The Who concert in Cincinnati in 1979. The documentary marked the first time the band spoke publicly about the tragedy to media. That experience inspired Emily to< want to pursue documentary filmmaking full-time.
Soon after, Emily uprooted her life and moved to Denver to work for I Am Denver, a new storytelling project from the new Denver Office of Storytelling. As the team’s sole visual journalist at present, Emily shoots and produces documentaries and short features about missing history and stories of Denver’s underrepresented communities.
Emily earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. She was the first person to graduate from the school's photojournalism program. Over the years, she has received several awards including two regional Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow Award, Best Video Journalism from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, and many more. In 2018, she was also appointed "Person of the Year" by the National Association of Social Workers for her ongoing poverty coverage
In her free time, she takes road trips with her elderly dog and binges crime docu-series. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @emaxphoto.