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Hi there, I’m Kirsten (or Kiks, for short). I’m a New York City-based photographer and audience journalist with nearly a decade of experience in local and national news media. 


I grew up in Los Angeles, California and spent seven years in the Pacific Northwest before making the move of a lifetime to New York. I came to the city without a job or an apartment after leaving my life in Portland, Oregon and walking the Camino de Santiago. The New York dream had been brewing inside me since I was 17 years old, and with a few mistakes, some big risks and an unrelenting desire, I made it. 


In the city, my long-time love of street photography has flourished. When I’m not in the newsroom, I’m most likely out on my bike — cameras in tow — snapping pictures of anything and everything that comes my way. 


I currently work as the senior manager of social media at CNET, where I lead a team of content creators and set growth and engagement strategies across platforms. My previous work includes roles at the New York Post and ABC affiliates in Portland and DC. I’ve also spent years working in community radio as a producer, show host and news director. I currently live in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and in addition to photography, I enjoy running, hiking, swimming, good coffee, good beer, and good em dashes.