Jessica Koscielniak is an award-winning Washington, DC based visual journalist. Currently she is a staff video journalist for McClatchy's national video team working with the company's 29 newspapers including the Sacramento Bee, Miami Herald, and Kansas City Star. Formerly, Koscielniak was a staff multimedia journalist at the Chicago Sun-Times where her worked focused on documenting the gun violence epidemic in Chicago toughest neighborhoods. Koscielniak originates from Northwest Indiana and has always had a passion for documenting issue-related stories in her backyard. From 2007 to 2009, she was a staff photographer at the Northwest Indiana Times. In 2009, she took a leap to pursue personal projects as a freelancer. Most recently her multimedia work has been recognized by the White House News Photographer's Association, the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award, the Chicago Headline Club's Lisagor Award, and the Illinois Press Photographers Association.