Jill Knight is currently working as a part-time staff photographer at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. In addition to working at the newspaper, Jill also freelances long-term documentary photo essays to various publications. Prior to being hired by The News & Observer, Jill interned at The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Charlotte Observer.
In 2013, two of Jill’s long-term photo essays, Special Delivery and Duty, Honor, Gay Marriage, appeared on the New York Times Lens Blog. Special Delivery was later published in Marie Claire Australia and the Penn Stater Alumni magazine. Photos from Duty, Honor, Gay Marriage were published worldwide after being picked up by The Associated Press. The New Yorker has also featured a photograph from the story.
Jill has worked as a freelance photographer for Polaris Images, ZUMA, The Centre Daily Times, The York Dispatch, The Fayetteville Observer and as a student contributor to Penn State’s CommMedia. Jill’s photo story, Special Delivery, recently won 1st place in the Hearst Journalism Awards picture story category. In 2013, A Navy Officer in Training, won 4th place in the Hearst Journalism Awards picture story category. Jill attended the Hearst Photojournalism Championship in summer 2013.
When she is not taking photos, Jill enjoys gardening, cooking and spending time outdoors with her dogs and husband.
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