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Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel joins The Post as international photo assignment editor

Announcement from Director of Photography MaryAnne Golon, Deputy Director of Photography Sandra M. Stevenson and Senior Photo Assignment Editor Olivier Laurent:

We are delighted to welcome Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel as an international photo assignment editor.

Jennifer will work with our correspondents across the Americas, Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa bureaus, assigning freelance and staff photographers to ensure strong visual reporting from these regions.

Jennifer comes to The Post from National Geographic, where she commissioned and produced photography for stories about contemporary culture, identity, race and gender. She was the visual lead for National Geographic’s 2022 cover story on Indigenous sovereignty featuring Quannah Chasinghorse. Additionally, Jennifer led the visuals for the magazine’s 2019-2020 series highlighting women and a 2018 series on race and diversity.

She began her journalism career producing long-form investigative documentaries for PBS's “Frontline.” Jennifer also oversaw public programming for the Photoville festival and was the associate director of the Anastasia Photo gallery, the studio manager for artist Hank Willis Thomas, and the co-founder and curator of the Brooklyn Photo Salon.

After studying anthropology and photography at New York University, Jennifer was a Peace Corps volunteer on the Caribbean island of Dominica. She received her Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She is a board member of The Everyday Projects. Over the years, Jennifer has received numerous awards from the National Press Photographers Association and Pictures of the Year International, including second place in both NPPA’s magazine picture editor of the year (2021) and POYI’s magazine media visual editor of the year (2019) categories.

While Brooklyn will always be home, Jennifer resides in Washington, D.C. She loves the ocean and dancing and does her best to keep her tropical plants and her own tropical soul thriving in the U.S. Much of her free time is spent wrangling and adoring her spirited toddler.

Her first day in the D.C. newsroom will be May 22. Please join us in welcoming her to The Post.