Moriah Ratner is a photojournalism student in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. An opportunity to shadow Doug Mills, a New York Times photographer at the White House, sparked Moriah’s interest in covering politics. During the summer of 2016, she interned with The Hill, a political newspaper on Capitol Hill, as a press photographer covering hearings, press conferences and breaking news on Capitol Hill and at the White House. Following this experience, she spent a week interning at Annie Leibovitz’s studio in New York City, assisting with administrative tasks and researching shoot concepts.
Moriah is currently a staff photographer for Syracuse University’s independent newspaper, The Daily Orange, and has previously held a position as an assistant photo editor. As a psychology minor, personal projects are often associated with aspects of childhood in how young adolescents cope with trauma. Moriah has been documenting the journey of a 13-year-old girl with a rare and terminal brain cancer for almost two years in hopes of de-stigmatizing the ways in which the public conceptualizes childhood cancer. Her desire to express compassion drives her motivation for genuine visual storytelling.
Moriah is a member of WPOW, NPPA, and the White House News Photographers Association. Moriah is the 2018 recipient of WPOW’s Lena Grant and the 2017 recipient of the Virginia News Photographers Association George Smith Memorial Scholarship. Moriah is an alum of the Eddie Adams Workshop class and was accepted to the New York Times 2018 Portfolio Review. She will be the photography intern at the Naples Daily News in the summer of 2018.