Photo by  Holly Rainey

Photo by Holly Rainey




Jessica Tezak



I received my bachelor’s in photojournalism from Southern Illinois University and am a freelance photojournalist living in East Tennessee. I was raised 45 minutes south of Chicago, Illinois in a funeral directing family and am excited to be alive. My goal is to spread knowledge, practice empathy and broaden my awareness of human experiences that differ from mine through listening and storytelling.

Internships: the Patriot News, Harrisburg, PA; the Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL; the Evansville Courier and Press, Evansville, IN and the Knoxville News Sentinel, Knoxville, TN.

Clients include CNN, The L.A. Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Buzzfeed News, NBC News, National Audubon Society.

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