Kainaz Amaria Named National Visual Business Editor of The Washington Post

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Announcement from National Editor Matea Gold, Associate National Editor Philip Rucker and Visual Enterprise Editor Ann Gerhart:

We’re thrilled to announce that Kainaz Amaria is joining The Washington Post as Visual Business Editor for National, pioneering a new role aimed at expanding our visual journalism and crafting innovative storytelling approaches.

In this key leadership role, Kainaz will oversee immersive, visual stories first on fast-paced news and longer-term projects. She will work with reporters and editors from all of National’s coverage teams as well as partner with audio, data, design, graphics, photo and video departments to enhance our coverage. She will report to the National Editor and work closely with the Visual Enterprise Editor and other visual enterprise editors to develop and share best practices in multidisciplinary storytelling and to foster more collaborative and immersive journalism in the newsroom.

Kainaz comes to The Post from Vox, where she was their very first visual editor. She brings with her a decade of experience developing collaborative stories that have broken with conventions, won awards, attracted a huge audience and influenced legislation.

At Vox, she led an interdisciplinary team responsible for graphics, interactives, photography, data and design for on-premises and off-platform stories. In addition to overseeing daily and short-form stories, she was responsible for defining the philosophy and workflows of the visual team and aligning their visual journalism with the editorial goals of the newsroom. She has led extensive collaborations, including live election results and projects such as the one on supertrees, and fostered an environment where creative journalists thrived. She is known as a sharp copywriter, diplomatic team leader, shrewd problem solver, and journalist with a strong ethical compass.

Prior to Vox, Kainaz was an editor on the visual team at NPR, where she played a key role in creating new storytelling formats. She drove the US-Mexico border reporting alongside Steve Inskeep and has taken on multiple roles on NPR”Planet Money make a t-shirt», including executive producer, photographer and videographer. The project won numerous radio network awards, including a News and Documentary Emmy.

Kainaz began his career as a newspaper photographer, traveling hundreds of miles a day around the Bay Area covering board meetings, high school sports, and breaking news. After nearly 10 years working as a photojournalist – covering the stories of President Barack Obama’s inauguration for the time-St. Petersburg Times to run the length of the Grand Trunk Road in India for NPR – she decided to gradually transition from being an assignment photographer to someone who worked with others to more fully shape the way stories are told.

In 2020, Kainaz was honored with the John Long Ethics Award by the National Association of Press Photographers for her in writing and critical on the photojournalism industry and visual language.

Kainaz holds a BA in International Relations and Political Science from Boston University and an MFA in Photography from The Ohio University School of Visual Communication. In 2010, she was a Fulbright Scholar and completed a short film about the Parsi Zoroastrian community in Mumbai.

She and her husband, Gene Demby, host of NPR’s Code Switch, welcomed their first child in November 2021. Kainaz was born in Mumbai, India and raised in California, which means she still dreams of the Pacific Ocean and eats Indian streets. food. She loves to travel, hates lazy people, can never pass up a good pizza, and loves puns.

Briana R. Cross