McKenna Ewen is a video journalist at The Washington Post, where he shoots, writes and edits short documentary films for washingtonpost.com. As a visual storyteller, he brings a cinematic approach to news video. He travels the country in search of extraordinary people, challenges conventional wisdom and explores the universal conflicts that connect us all. In 2017, he was named Multimedia Journalist of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association.
Before joining The Washington Post, Ewen worked for his hometown paper, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, to produce daily, long-form and interactive news stories. His focus was finding character-driven narratives and presenting them across multiple platforms.
As a member of the News Video Coalition, Ewen tested unmanned aircraft for journalism and helped lead the effort to make drone photography legal and safe for news.
Ewen has taught visual storytelling at The University of Minnesota and coached at numerous workshops, including NPPA’s Multimedia Immersion, AAJA’s JCamp, Eddie Adams Workshop and the Northern Short Course. He is an Adobe Certified Expert in Premiere Pro.
As a childhood cancer survivor, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 2009 with a double major in journalism and political science. He lives in Washington, D.C.
10 Regional Emmy Awards
15 White House News Photographer Association Awards
8 National Press Photographers Association Awards
4 Picture of the Year International Awards
WHNPA Multimedia Journalist of the Year (2017)
MNPA Multimedia Journalist of the Year (2010,2012)
National Edward R. Murrow Award – Staff (3)
Society for Features Journalism – First Place
SPJ Page One Award for Best Use of Multimedia
National Mark of Excellence Award
Military Reporters and Editors Award
APSE Top 10 Multimedia Award
2009 Poynter Fellowship for Young Journalists
Scripps Howard Collegiate Reporting Award
Adjunct Faculty – University of Minnesota (Multimedia Storytelling)
Multimedia Immersion – Multimedia Coach (2012-2015)
Eddie Adams Workshop – Multimedia Coach (2011)
Minnesota Associated Collegiate Press – Keynote Speaker (2012)
Guest Lecturer – University of Missouri, University of Minnesota, Gustavus Adolphus
Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists – Mentor (2011)
Almanac Media Panel (2010, 2011, 2012)
Online News Association Stream Team (2010, 2011)
The Other Future of News (2009)