Almudena Toral is a visual journalist and filmmaker currently heading films and video at ProPublica as its executive producer. Previously, she led the enterprise video team at Univision News Digital, covering the U.S. and Latin America through documentaries, photo essays, visuals for interactives and special projects. Prior to joining Univision, she taught video storytelling at Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, pursued her own projects worldwide as a freelance journalist and worked at The New York Times and TIME. Her work has also been published by The Guardian, AlJazeera, VICE, The Intercept, Canal+, NPR, PBS and other outlets.
A short documentary Toral produced and filmed on children PTSD after the 'zero tolerance' policy was named 2019 World Press Photo Online Video of the Year. Toral's work has also been recognized by four national News & Documentary Emmys, three Edward R. Murrow awards, a Webby, a Hillman prize, Pictures of the Year International, RFK Human Rights Journalism awards, PDN Photo Annual, the National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism, the Gracie Awards, an Ortega & Gasset, a Gabo Prize, a Rey de España award and others.
She's a 2020 TED fellow, a 2019-2020 Carter Center fellow and a 2019 Ochberg fellow at the Dart Center at Columbia University. Almudena has also been a grantee of The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the International Women's Media Foundation and The International Reporting Project.
Toral is currently doing an Executive program in news innovation and leadership at Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. She also studied at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She is passionate about multi-platform storytelling, migration, trauma, and building kind and happy creative teams. She is an inaugural member of Fotovisura/GUILD.
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