Melissa Bunni Elian

Brooklyn, NY USA

Professional Experience

I am a journalist specializing in news photography and video production as well as feature and editorial work. I also create documentary works for the web and broadcast that address complex issues and illuminate human stories.


Editor (video, film)
4 Years
5 Years
Producer (new media)
3 Years


Other, Specify
5 Years


4 Years
Newspaper - National
5 Years
Online/new media
2 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

5 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

New York Daily News (10+), Afropunk (1-2), Daily Beast (1-2)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

New York Yankees (1-2), Transparency International (1-2)

Other Work History

The Journal News, Visual Journalist, part-time, 3yrs

Technical Skills

news photography, editorial photo essays, audio & video field production, video lighting, photo studio lighting, interviewing, non-linear video editing, transcription, investigative reporting, fact-checking, data analysis, development/story research Photoshop, InDesign, FCP7, FCP X, Premiere, Compressor, After Effects, Microsoft Office, Photo Mechanic, InqScribe, DSLR, Sony EX1 and Panasonic AVCCAM video systems

Foreign Language Skills

Basic French


Canon 7D, Audio recording eq, strobe lighting, laptop, editing software


Todd Heisler, NYTimes staff photographer, Mike Kamber, Director, Bronx Documentary Center, Marcia Allert, Daily Beast photo editor,


2011 Valentine and Clark Fellowship, Jacob Burns Film Center


Member of the Bronx Photo League



Here I photographed a cook to accompany a feature for the Eats section for the New York Daily News.
A link to my portfolio featuring photos, videos and resume
Community members gathered at the Bronx Documentary Center to celebrate the official book release of Father Figure, published by Ceiba. It was a truly uplifting event for the families and fathers who participated and to whom this work is dedicated.
Tech types, mindful of their careers and mental health, attend a weekly workshop to hone energy, focus, creativity and compassion