Investigative Journalist & Filmmaker


Emily is a National Magazine Award, Murrow Award, Overseas Press Club Award and World Press Photo Award winner for multiple works for The New York Times, NBC and Huffington Post Highline. In 2019 she was named Multimedia Photographer of the Year by Pictures of the Year International.


Multimedia Photographer of The Year, Pictures Of the Year International (2019) Multiple works for The Marshall Project and New York Times

World Press Photo Award for Video (2019) "I Just Simply Did What He Wanted” (New York Times)

National Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Video(2019) “Banished” (The Marshall Project)

Peabody Futures of Media Award (2019) “Banished” (The Marshall Project)

National Magazine Award (2019) Finalist for Digital Storytelling, “Banished” (The Marshall Project)

ASNE's Punch Sulzberger award for Online Storytelling (2019) Finalist for Digital Storytelling, “Banished” (The Marshall Project)

National Edward R. Murrow Award for Breaking News Coverage (2018) "Into the Deluge" (New York Times)

International Photography Awards, Moving Images Photographer of the Year (2018) First place for "Hunting for Addicts" (NBC left field)

PDN Storytellers, First Place Multimedia (2018) First place for "Hunting for Addicts" (NBC left field)

National Press Photographers Association, Best In-depth Video Journalism (2018) First place for "Hunting for Addicts" (NBC left field)

National Press Photographers Association, Best Team Video Journalism (2018) First place for "Into the Deluge" (New York Times)

Front Page Award for Multimedia (2017) The Newswomen's Club of New York, 21st Century Goldrush (Highline)

ASNE's Punch Sulzberger award for Online Storytelling (2017) American Society of News Editors, 21st Century Goldrush (Highline)

Overseas Press Club Award, Best Digital Reporting on International Affairs (2017) 21st Century Goldrush (Highline)

National Magazine Award for Multimedia (2017), 21st Century Goldrush (Highline)

National Press Photographers Association Best Multimedia (2017) 21st Century Goldrush (Highline)

PDN Storytellers, First place multimedia (2017) First place for 21st Century Goldrush(Highline)

National Magazine Award for Public Service (2017) Nominated for Out Here No One Can Hear You Scream, Story by Kathryn Joyce Multimedia by Emily Kassie

Gates Scholarship/Fellowship (2016) Awarded the prestigious Gates Scholarship to Cambridge University - Masters in International Relations & Politics

World Press Photo Multimedia Winner, Immersive Storytelling (2016) Welcome To Parkersburg, West Virginia (Highline)

National Press Photographers AssociationMultimedia Journalism portfolio of the year (2016) National Press Photography Association (NPPA) Directed and produced various multimedia pieces for Highline

Pulitzer Center for Investigative Journalism grant recipient (2016) for reporting on the refugee crisis

Online Journalism Award for Public Service Reporting (2016), Creative Director of Highline, which won this award for American prison reporting.

Online News Association Award of Excellence Nominee (2016), Creative Director of Highline, nominated for this award.

National Magazine Award (Ellie), Public Interest Story of the year Nominee (2016), Directed and produced multimedia, videos and photography for Mariah Blake's story on DuPont

Webby: Best Individual Editorial Experience Nominee (2015) Creative directed and produced video and photo content for "America's Most Admired Law Breaker," nominated for this webby.

Rhodes Scholarship Finalist (2015 & 2016) Finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford

Watson Fellowship (2013-2014) Watson Institute For International Relations, Brown University

Film Recognition

A Girl Named C (2018)

Premiered at Austin Film Festival 2018

Big Apple Film Fest, Best Documentary

Official Selection (2018) Austin Film Festival, New Jersey Film Festival, St Louis International Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, San Luis Obispo, Big Apple Film Festival

I Married My Family’s Killer (2015)

Academy Award, Student Documentary (2015)

Best Documentary Short (2015) at the Tallgrass International Film Festival

Silver Chris Award (2015) for Best in Division at the Columbus Film Festival

Best Foreign Short (2015), IFS Film Festival

Outstanding Achievement Humanitarian Award (2015) at the Global Film Awards

Runner Up Best Documentary (2015) Honorable Mention, and Official Selection at the Cleveland International Film Festival

Award of Excellence (2014) International Shorts Competition

Official Selection, (2015) Rhode Island Film Festival, Flickerfest, Columbus Film Festival, Cleveland Film Festival, Vail Film Fest, Madrid International Film Festival, Rome International Film Festival, Tallgrass Film Festival IFS Film Festival, St Louis International Film Fesitval

AT&T Media Grant (2013)

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