Travis Fox is an aerial photographer and the Director of Visual Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York (CUNY).
An early adopter of drone technology, his work focuses on the details of low altitude aerial photography, a technique that is simultaneously intimate and vast. His project Natural Lines documents the tension between natural and man-made marks on the landscape. In The Pines, he explores the decay of a once-grand resort in upstate, NY. He is currently working on a project documenting the physical legacy of racism in America.
In his role at the Newmark J-School he oversees the Photojournalism, Documentary, Broadcast and Web Video programs. He also teaches CUNY’s first Drone Journalism course.
Before drones and academia, Fox was recognized for helping establish a new form of video storytelling on the Internet. His short films for the Washington Post were described by Studio 360's Kurt Andersen as "ambitious, subtle, tough, and remarkably beautiful." Legendary television producer Tom Bettag adds: "extraordinary, sensitive and insightful."
In the 10 years he spent at the Post, Fox covered every major conflict in the first decade of the 21st century. He was in Iraq during the invasion, had tours in Afghanistan as well as several reporting trips in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. In 2006, Fox received the first Emmy Award presented to a web video producer. He was also the first and only person to win both the Editor of the Year and Videographer of the Year awards from the White House News Photographers Association. He has won dozens of National Press Photographers Association and Pictures of the Year International awards and has been nominated for a total of eight Emmys.
After the Washington Post, Fox worked for FRONTLINE on PBS. In 2011 "Law and Disorder," a film Fox co-produced, won a George Polk award. The piece, an investigation into the New Orleans police department in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina, was also nominated for an Emmy. In total Fox has worked on more than a dozen FRONTLINE films in various roles: Cinematographer, Writer, Producer, and Editor.