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Jenn Poggi is visual journalist and an assistant professor in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. She joined RIT following her work at the White House, where she served as a picture editor and deputy director of the Photo Office under President Barack Obama.

She began her career as a photo assistant with the Associated Press in New York and later worked as a picture editor covering national, international, and sports news. Jenn later joined U.S. News & World Report as an assistant picture editor handling national and political news. She went on to serve as the picture editor of the Nation section and deputy director of photography at the magazine. Jenn was awarded a John S. and James L. Knight Fellowship at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication where she taught picture editing and completed her master’s degree in multimedia and newsroom graphics management. 


She was selected as a member of the 2017 Women’s Executive Leadership Program​ at the Impact Center. Jenn has served as a faculty member of The Kalish Visual Editing Workshop since 2015 and is currently a member of the advisory board.​ She is also a fellow in the School of Individualized Studies at RIT.



Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.

Assistant Professor, School of Photographic Arts & Sciences, August 2016 – current

Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Photographic Arts & Sciences, August 2013 – August 2016


The White House, Washington, D.C.

Deputy Director of the Photo Office, January 2011 – August 2013

Photo Editor, June 2009 – January 2011


U.S. News & World Report, Washington, D.C.

Deputy Director of Photography, November 2005 – June 2009

Senior Picture Editor, October 2002 – November 2005

Picture Editor, September 1999 – October 2002

Assistant Picture Editor, August 1998 – September 1999


Associated Press, New York, N.Y.

Picture Editor, September 1996 – August 1998

Photo Assistant, August 1995 – September 1996


Associated Press, Photo Express, New York, N.Y.

Photo Assistant, May 1994 – August 1995





media appearances

contest judging

"The West Wing and Beyond: What I Saw Inside the Presidency" by Pete Souza

Voracious (September 27, 2022)

Picture Editing Consultant

"BRINK" by David Butow
Punctum Press, 2021

Project Consultant, Picture Editor

National Geographic, Your Shot

“Rites of Passage,” August 14, 2019, Curator

“Inspiring Experiences,” April 25, 2018, Co-Curator

“Transforming the Landscape: Fifty Years on the New RIT Campus” by Becky Simmons

RIT Press, 2018

Picture Editor

“Obama: An Intimate Portrait” by Pete Souza

Little, Brown and Company, 2017

Picture Editing Consultant


RIT City Art Space, Rochester, N.Y., 2022


"Continuing the Dialog: The State of Photography II"

Nazareth College Arts Center, Rochester, N.Y., 2020


"Rewarding Investment in Tomorrow”

University Gallery, RIT, Rochester, N.Y., 2018

”The Obama Presidency: A Look Behind the Scenes”

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, New York, N.Y., 2012


”The Obama Presidency: A Look Behind the Scenes”

Leica Gallery, New York, N.Y., 2011


”The American Presidency: Photographic Treasures of the National Archives”

National Archives, Washington, D.C., 2004

Central New York Humanities Corridor Grant 

Co-recipient (Corri Zoli, Ph.D., Linda R. Euto, Ph.D., Jennifer Reddy), 2022

"Military Veterans Stories of Belonging, Transition, and Higher Education: Bridging the Civilian-Military Divide"

Visual Studies Workshop Project Space Residency

Co-recipient (Josh Meltzer), 2022

"Rochester Education Documentary"

FEAD Grant

Recipient, 2018

"Visual Editing Blog Development"

Provost Learning Innovation Grant (PLIG), Focus Grant

Co-recipient (Juilee Decker, Joe Geigel, Susan Lakin, Josh Meltzer, Nitin Simpat), 2017

“Exploring VR/360 Video Through Interdisciplinary Experiential Student Learning”

The Kalish Workshop

Director - July 2022 - current

Advisory Board, 2019 - current

School of Individualized Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology

Fellow, 2019 - present

Washington Semester Program, American University

Guest Speaker, 2019

The Impact Center

Participant, Women’s Executive Leadership Program, 2017


The White House

Intern Mentor/Guest Speaker, Management & Administration, 2010 – 2013


Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW)

Professional Mentor, 2009

Ohio University, Scripps College of Communication, School of Visual Communication

Instructor, Picture Editing, 2008 – 2009

Corcoran College of Art & Design

Professional Mentor, 2007 – 2008

Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Guest Teaching Position, Military Picture Editing Class, Spring Semester 2005

The Kalish Workshop

Faculty, 2015 - current

Participant, 1995


Frameless Labs Symposium

Co-Presenter, 2019

Chair, 2017

Adobe Educator Summit

Participant, 2018


Arts and Activism Conference,

Co-Presenter, “Whose Streets? Our Streets! 2018

Photo History Photo Future

Moderator, “Photo-Education,” 2018


"50 Years of Flower Power: Reflections on Bernie Boston’s Iconic Image"

Panelist, 2017


Digital Storytelling and Curation Seminar

Panelist, “Content Curation and the 21st Century,” 2015

Wall Therapy

Photographer, 2015 - current


NPPA Multimedia Immersion Workshop

Coach, 2014


DAMNY 2014

Panelist, “Using DAM to Manage The White House Photo Office – In Real Time Our Challenges

and Our Solutions,” 2014


Kern Conference on Visual Communication

Panelist, “Journalism, Media, and Identity,” 2014


Women Photojournalists of Washington WPOW Seminar

Portfolio Reviewer, 2013


Schuneman Symposium

Panelist, “Photojournalism and Politics,” 2009


UNC at Chapel Hill Multimedia Bootcamp

Participant, 2007


Syracuse University Workshops

Coach, 2004


Mountain Workshops

Editor, 2003

“Connections with Evan Dawson” WXXI

Panelist, "BRINK," February 3, 2022

Panelist, "Dialogue on Disability - Sports, media, and inclusion," January 24, 2020

Panelist, “Discussing ethics and photojournalism,” June 27, 2018

Panelist, “When should the media publish graphic photos?” January 3, 2017

Panelist, “The power of news photography,“ August 24, 2016

Pictures of the Year (POYi)

Judge, Annual Photography Contest, 2020

Women Photojournalists of Washington WPOW

Judge, annual Juried Photography and Multimedia Exhibition, 2017


National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)

Judge, monthly clip contest, 2017


Society of American Travel Writers

Judge, Annual Photography Contest, 2016


National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), Best of Photojournalism (BOP)

Judge, picture editing categories, 2008, 2009, 2015

Pre-screening Judge, 2021


Communications Arts

Judge, Photography Annual, 2007


professional honors

Gitner Family Prize

Co-recipient, recognized for artistic achievement and pro bono contribution of outstanding professional work for a community organization, 2020

Eisenhart Teaching Award

Nominee, 2014, 2022


The 31st Annual Emmy Awards for News & Documentary

New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Documentaries – Nominee, 2010


NPPA – Best of Photojournalism

News or Feature Multimedia Package (independent) – Second Place, 2010

Sports Audio Slideshow – First Place, 2009

Picture Editing: Magazine News Story – Honorable Mention, 2005


POYi 61 – Pictures of the Year International

Magazine Multiple Page News Story – Third Place, 2003

Magazine Picture Editing Portfolio – Second Place, 2003

Best Use of Photography, Magazine – Third Place, 2003


NPPA POY – Pictures of the Year

Best Use of Photography, Magazine – Third Place, 1999


Communication Arts

Recognized in Photography Annual, 2000, 2005, 2006


Ohio University, Scripps College of Communication, School of Visual Communication

Master of Arts in Newsroom Graphics Management, 2016

John S. and James L. Knight Fellow, 2008 – 2009


Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Bachelor of Science in Photojournalism, 1994

Division of International Study Abroad, London, 1993


Rochester Documentary Filmakers

Frameless Labs

National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)

Online News Association (ONA)

community involvement

Flower City Arts Center, Rochester, N.Y.

Board Member, 2018 – 2020

School No. 3, Rochester, N.Y.

Tutor, 2013 – 2019


Great Schools for All (GS4A), Rochester, N.Y.

Leadership Committee, 2015 – 2019


Cathedral Court Condominium, Washington, D.C.

President/Vice President CCC Board, 2005 – 2007


Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN), Rockville, MD/Washington, D.C.

Coach, 2002 – 2008

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