Yalonda M. James

Producer, Photographer


James is an award-winning photojournalist and video producer with 15+ years of experience who currently serves as a staff photographer at the San Francisco Chronicle. From 2013-2018, her work at Memphis-based The Commercial Appeal focused on social justice issues and special projects for MLK50, the 2018 commemoration of the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Previously, she worked for The Charlotte Observer where she was a 2008 Pulitzer Prize finalist for her project 'Sold a Nightmare,' which earned a second place Gold Medal for Public Service. Her work has been published in The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, MSNBC, Fusion, Education Week, St. Petersburg Times, The State, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Post & Courier, South Carolina: 24/7, and The Bridge Builder's and Charleston's Grand New Span. She has also worked on assignment for the AP and on the FOX drama Sleepy Hollow. Her 2017 short doc "The BLM (Black Lives Matter) Bridge Protest: One Year Later" is currently on the festival circuit, with screenings at Indie Memphis, Nashville, Indie Grits, and BendFilm.