Elyse Samuels Promoted to Senior Producer of Visual Forensics

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Announcement from Editorial Video Director Micah Gelman and Visual Forensics Executive Producer Nadine Ajaka:

We are delighted to announce the promotion of Elyse Samuels to Senior Producer of Visual Forensics. In this role, Elyse will partner with Executive Producer Nadine Ajaka to lead our newly expanded team of open source video and graphics reporters. Elyse brings to the role an acute ability to understand how visuals can help answer questions about today’s most pressing stories.

Elyse is a founding member of The Post’s Visual Forensics team, which helped launch the team in the summer of 2020. Earlier this year, she shared The Post’s Pulitzer Prize for her work reconstructing the January 6 attack on the Capitol. She and her team also worked tirelessly this year to review, authenticate and catalog videos of Russian attacks in Ukraine.

Elyse’s work also unraveled the complex circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of Joseph Rosenbaum by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin; the deaths at the Travis Scott Astroworld concert; a damning visual report that linked Colombian police to the deaths of four protesters; and an investigation into how Major League Baseball’s war on “sticky stuff” changed the game.

For the past few months, Elyse has ably led the VF team while Nadine is on leave, overseeing reporting on the murder of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank, the Uvalde shooting and the disputed explosion that killed Ukrainian prisoners of war in Olenivka.

Elyse joined the video department in 2016 as a Facebook Live producer, then moved on to the breaking news team as The Post’s first video verification editor, winning a Webby Award for developing The Guide to Manipulated Video from The Post. She also hosted and reported for The Fact Checker, spearheading coverage of misinformation surrounding the 2020 election and the pandemic.

Elyse holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She lives in New York and in her spare time enjoys cooking, exploring the Big Apple and taking the Amtrak to DC as often as she can.

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