I live to tell the stories of those who otherwise wouldn't be heard.
Courtney Talak is a senior at the University of Arizona pursuing a degree in Journalism and a minor in Studio Art with a Photography emphasis. At a young age Courtney was exposed to a myriad of different countries and cultures that molded her experiential and visual paradigm. It wasn't until traveling to the developing country of Haiti, meeting the villagers of Calebasse, that she decided to follow her dream of storytelling.
Courtney worked as a photographer for The Daily Wildcat newspaper where her photographs were picked up by 12 News following her coverage of Zach Hemmila's death before serving as the paper's photo editor. Currently, she is the managing editor at The Daily Wildcat, is freelancing for High Country News and recently finished a photo apprenticeship with the Arizona Daily Star. In her time with the journalism program she has been awarded with the Leadership and Service Award, the Drew Gyorke Photojournalism scholarship, the James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists scholarship, the Neil & Mary Cissel Friends of Arizona Highways Magazine Foundation Scholarship Award and participated in the 2015 Finley Newswriting competition, placing fourth. Additionally, Courtney co-founded the Journalism and Women Symposium Arizona regional group and serves as the secretary for the University of Arizona's National Press Photographers Association chapter.
When she's not behind the camera, Courtney enjoys running, hiking and exploring the beautiful world we live in.