Judy Walgren

Judy Walgren

School of Journalism Associate Director, Professor of Practice

  • Journalism


MSU J-School Associate Director and Professor of Practice Judy Walgren is an Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, photo editor, executive producer, curator and writer. She has worked on staffs at the Dallas Morning News, the Rocky Mountain News, the Denver Post and at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she was the director of photography leading a staff of Emmy-award winning filmmakers, photojournalists and photo editors.  Walgren also served as the Editorial Director for a visual storytelling startup, ViewFind, which connected large brands with photo editors, photographers, writers and designers who created branded, non-fiction visual narratives for both digital and print platforms. In 2016, she received an MFA in Visual Art from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and began her exploration into the relationships between photography, historic archives and power structures.

Research and Teaching

  • The influence of historic visual archives on the maintenance of stereotypes.
  • The use and performance of authentic versus fabricated visual content in marketing.
  • Non-fiction immersive storytelling and audience engagement.
  • Ethical and moral considerations when creating and publishing immersive media.
  • Creating powerful visual narratives informed by qualitative and quantitative research and data.
Contact Information

Comm Arts Sci
404 Wilson Rd, Room 358
East Lansing MI 48824 US