My name is Grayson Schmidt and above all else I consider myself a storyteller.
I’ve moved around a lot in my life, and I’d say just about every location has helped shape me in that way.
I’ve captured protesters fighting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, political rallies ahead of the 2016 and 2020 elections, tattoo artists demonstrating their craft, professional athletes looking to make an impression on new teams, and just this month I was fortunate enough to experience and capture the 50th anniversary of the Alcatraz occupation.
I recently graduated with my master’s degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, after spending three years as a crime reporter at the Ames Tribune in Ames, Iowa. Returning to school was a chance to improve in photography and videography, as well as learn the ins and outs of Adobe Premiere, Lightroom, Photoshop, and Audition.
I could have easily thrown myself back into strictly writing, but I came to graduate school to challenge myself. I didn’t move halfway across the country for graduate school to play it safe; I made this transition to push myself outside of my comfort zone.
My work has been featured in:
– Arizona Sports 98.7 FM
– The Arizona Republic
– KJZZ 91.5 FM
– Cronkite News
– The Tucson Sentinel
– The Ames Tribune
– The Boone News-Republican
– The Story City Herald
– The Dispatch-Argus