Pamela Chen is editorial director for Instagram. Previously, she was a Senior Photo Editor for National Geographic Magazine, where she collaborated with photographers to create long-form documentary projects across multiple publishing platforms. From 2008-2012, she oversaw photography and multimedia production for the Open Society Foundations as part of the team developing the foundation’s visual communications strategy in tackling complex human rights issues around the world.
As a documentary producer with MediaStorm, her work earned numerous industry accolades, including national News & Documentary Emmy Awards, the duPont Award, Webby Awards, and Pictures of the Year International awards in photography, multimedia and music.
As a commissioned musician, her sound design and compositions appear in broadcast and online publications including The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, Showtime, Hulu, and Wired.
She has served as adjunct faculty for the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography, and on the Board of Advisors for the Alexia Foundation. Additionally she has served as an educator for national news outlets and journalism conferences, on storytelling topics ranging from the conceptual narrative to techniques in video editing and music composition.
Pamela studied photojournalism and mathematics at Syracuse University and received a Fulbright scholarship for journalism to Taiwan.