Sachi Cunningham is a documentary filmmaker, visual journalist and Assistant Professor of Multimedia Journalism at San Francisco State University. Previously, she was a staff video journalist at the Los Angeles Times, where she covered national and international stories from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to the historic El Niño big wave season of 2010. Prior to the Times, Cunningham worked on the staff of the PBS news documentary series FRONTLINE and FRONTLINE/World, where she covered stories around the world, from the first Presidential election in Afghanistan to sex trafficking in Dubai. The Emmys, Webbys and Pictures of the Year International, among others, have honored Cunningham’s work.
A graduate of UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism and Brown University, Cunningham’s stories focus on the ocean environment. Her camera has taken her in the water with everything from 350-pound blue fin tuna to Olympian Michael Phelps. Her water surf photography has been featured in Surfer Magazine, Surfline and The Inertia. With a decade of experience in feature films and commercial productions in Hollywood prior to her career in journalism, Cunningham’s stories are both entertaining and informative. An avid surfer, when not crafting stories, Cunningham can be found bobbing in the Pacific with her husband, or on the beach with her daughter, eyes fixed on the horizon, waiting for the next wave.