Jennifer Utz is a multimedia journalist and filmmaker who has worked for The United Nations, UNHCR, BBC America, France 24, IRIN News and CBS News.
An accomplished videographer and editor, Jennifer has established herself as a one-woman band to produce timely news pieces on tight deadlines.
Her writing has appeared in a number of online and print publications. She is also a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post.
Jennifer has worked in nearly 40 countries; most recently on assignment in Haiti, Egypt, Bolivia, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel/Palestine, where she produced short video documentaries on humanitarian issues for IRIN (a project of UN-OCHA).
As a producer for the acclaimed television and radio program Democracy Now!, Jennifer was able to put her technical and creative skills to use to deliver breaking news stories for a daily show.
In 2006, she was one of the first journalists to highlight the extent of displaced Iraqis as a result of the war in Iraq. Her reports aired on ABC World News Tonight, France 24, Democracy Now! and Current TV.
In 2008, she launched Iraqi Refugee Stories, which received praise from numerous publications and organizations, including Mother Jones, The Utne Reader, and UNCHR.
Her experience with Iraqi refugees inspired her to direct a feature documentary film, From Baghdad to Brooklyn, which follows the life of an Iraqi refugee and his struggle to escape exile in Syria and gain asylum in the U.S. The film is currently in post-production.
Other feature film credits include Supervising Producer and Director of Photography on the documentary, American Radical, which explores the controversial career of the Jewish-American academic Norman Finkelstein.
She also produced and edited a feature documentary about the academic program “Semester at Sea,” which documented the townships of South Africa, life in Castro’s Cuba, and the Movement for Landless People in Brazil.
In addition to her videojournalism work, Jennifer produces a bi-weekly audio podcast for the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, where she discusses the situation of human rights in Iran with some of the country’s key academics, artists, authors, journalists, and activists.
Jennifer is also a multimedia producer: she programs with Flash and HTML to produce interactive experiences, websites, and banner ads for clients including J Crew, Chanel, Penguin Books, and many more.
She currently lives in New York City.