Brontë Wittpenn is a visual journalist currently in Oakland, California who specializes in both documentary photography and filmmaking. She currently holds position as a staff photojournalist at the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Having been raised in Montana, she has remained committed to photographing rural America and the depth of the people who live there. Her vision focuses on finding common ground at a time when the nation is most divided. It also reflects the places she’s lived and worked including Flint, Michigan, Tampa Bay area and Texas. 

Her work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association where she was awarded the 2020 Multimedia Journalist of the Year. She has also received accolades from the Associated Press Managing Editors and Hearst Journalism awards. Most recently, Wittpenn and her former colleagues at the Austin American-Statesman were recognized as winners in both the Headliners Foundation of Texas and the National Edward R. Murrow Awards for their 2020 investigative series that exposed a pattern of excessive violence used by sheriff's deputies in Williamson County. 

Wittpenn is a recipient of the 2019 Pulitzer Center Global Reporting Grant where she traveled to Iraq. She is also a 2019 graduate of the Eddie Adams Workshop, the VII Academy and has been a guest speaker at the University of Texas, Austin Community College and the University of Montana.

She is a certified drone pilot and has had her work featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Tampa Bay Times, Flint Journal, Bloomberg News, Austin American-Statesman and more. 

Her resume can be seen here.

You can contact her at or 406-370-6707.  

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