Kristen Henderson is a photojournalist for KGW Channel 8 in Portland, Oregon on November 17, 2009. Andrea J. Wright / The Wright Pictures

Kristen Henderson

Kristen Henderson’s career spans two decades as an award winning video photojournalist and editor in the Pacific Northwest. Her childhood passion for film and photography inspired her to pursue a degree in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Oregon. She landed a position as a video journalist in her hometown of Portland, Oregon at KGW Television covering daily news stories. Kristen has lived the news media profession gaining experience & knowledge as an innovative digital media producer mastering the crafts of visual storytelling, video production and non-linear editing.

Her career has ventured on the front lines covering Presidential elections, local politics, impacts of the Iraq and Afghanistan War, extreme environmental conditions from forest fires to winter storms, the environment, wildlife conservation and other compelling stories facing Oregonians. When the opportunity arises, she contributes as a freelance videographer and editor for Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Field Guide and Art Beat. She’s passionate about supporting women and their creative endeavors in the film industry and inspired to see more women representing a myriad of roles today in film.

Kristen adores spending time exploring the natural Pacific Northwest beauty with her family- Rob, her daughter Lily and dog Lulu. As a native Oregonian, she values her intimate connection with the Pacific Northwest and cares deeply about the local community, social justice issues and wildlife preservation. Her belief in the power of filmmaking as a tool to educate, evoke emotion and enact social change inspired her to enter the world of education.

She’s currently spending her days as a Digital Media instructor at Benson High School in Portland working with the next generation of young visual storytellers.