Julie Winokur (2019) has worked as a journalist and documentarian for over two decades, first as a magazine writer and then as a filmmaker. She launched Talking Eyes Media in 2002 as a way to focus on creating visual media that catalyzes positive social change. Her work has appeared on PBS, the Documentary Channel, MediaStorm, National Geographic Magazine and Discovery online, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post and MSNBC.com. She has received two Emmy nominations (“Aging in America,” “Firestorm”) and numerous awards from World Press, Pictures of the Year International and the Society for Professional Journalists.
Julie co-founded Newest Americans, a documentary storytelling project that is produced in partnership with VII photo agency and Rutgers University-Newark. The project examines immigration and identity and has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Geographic and the Dodge Foundation. Julie is currently a National Geographic Explorer and has been on the faculty of Rutgers University-Newark, and formerly served on the faculty of the International Center of Photography in New York.
As a Logan Nonfiction Fellow, Julie will work on “The Sacrifice Zone,” a documentary film that follows an environmental justice warrior in Newark’s Ironbound District as she takes on the largest incinerator on the East Coast while pursuing a whistleblower’s claims of a chemical cover-up.