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Stories make us human.

My name is Alyssa and I’m a photojournalist from Akron, Ohio. I grew up in a home that addiction tore to pieces. Telling stories about this disease helped me release the grudges that ate me alive. Visual storytelling is my greatest passion because stories make us human.

In December 2017, I graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. in journalism. Currently, I am a multimedia intern at The Grand Rapids Press/mlive.com. Topics I want to explore in documentary work are social determinants of health and personalized behavioral health. While pursuing these stories sometimes brings me to dark places, I find joy in shooting sports and my daily assignments at the paper.

Photography is how I stay present and celebrate life. I bought my first DSLR when I graduated high school, and I’m still amazed by how this medium is able to break me out of my comfort zone. Without photography, I wouldn’t have experienced some of the most beautiful people and moments in my life.

Contact Me: akeown@mlive.com

Photo by Eslah Attar