Multimedia journalist, digital editor, and self-taught photographer Polly Irungu is the founder of Black Women Photographers, a global community and directory of Black women and non-binary photographers.
Polly is also a Digital Content Editor at New York Public Radio (WYNC), where she is responsible for managing social media for WNYC and PRXâ€™s â€˜The Takeawayâ€™, a national NPR show with over 2 million listeners, pitching news stories and features for The Takeaway and her podcast is ranked the 4th most downloaded, amongst others.
As a photographer, Pollyâ€™s work has been published in numerous publications, including Global Citizen, NPR, BBC News, The Luupe, MEFeater, Refinery29, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, CNN, HuffPost, OkayPlayer, and OkayAfrica.
In 2017, Polly completed a degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Polly has lived around the world from Nairobi to Topeka, Kansas to Eugene, Oregon to Washington, D.C., to Little Rock, Arkansas, and ultimately to Brooklyn, New York.
Polly Irungu has spoken about Black Women Photographers, building communities, all things photography, social media, branding, podcasting, media diversity, African media, and journalism as a guest for Twitter, NBC News, Photographers without Borders, Ethelâ€™s Club, 2020 HER|visual|STORY Digital Photography Festival, The Loeries Awards - 2020 Creatives Week, AfricaNXT, Art of Freelance, We Are Black Journos, 2020 Palm Springs Photo Festival, The Guardian, National Association of Black Journalists, the Online News Association, and more.