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San Francisco Chronicle recruits three more award-winning photojournalists

We’re excited to announce three new additions to The Chronicle: Salgu Wissmath, Alvin AH Jornada and Ash Adams. Each brings a diverse perspective and background to the Visuals team and have a proven track record as photojournalists committed to documenting their communities and important social issues.

Hearst Fellow Salgu Wissmath

Courtesy of Marissa Leshnov

Salgu Wissmath, a nonbinary Korean American photographer, joins the newsroom as part of the Hearst Journalism Fellowship on Aug. 15. Wissmath will spend the first year of the fellowship at The Chronicle and then join the photography team of the San Antonio Express-News from 2023-2024.

Before coming to The Chronicle, Wissmath was a freelance photographer in Sacramento. Their work has been published in The Chronicle, The New York Times, CalMatters, NPR, The Wall Street Journal and High Country News, among others. Their photo essays and videos explore the intersections of mental health, queer identity and faith using a documentary approach.

Wissmath studied linguistics at UC Berkeley and attained a master’s degree in photojournalism at Ohio University. They are a 2022 Gwen Ifill Fellow, 2021 California Arts Council Emerging Artist Fellow, and 2017 Women Photograph Mentee, as well as an alumnus of the Chips Quinn Scholar Program, Eddie Adams Workshop XXXI and National Lesbian Gay Journalists Association’s Connect Student Journalism Project. They are active in several photojournalism organizations, serving as the Communications Director for Diversify Photo and a member of the Asian American Journalists Association, Women Photograph, Native Agency and Authority Collective.

“I am honored to join a photo department that has set itself apart as one of the most diverse photo staffs in the country,” Wissmath said. “I really look forward to learning from some great mentors, getting to know the Bay Area, and reporting on in-depth stories about my home state of California.”

San Francisco Chronicle Photo Editor Alvin Jornada

San Francisco Chronicle Photo Editor Alvin Jornada

Russell Yip/Special to The Chronicle

Alvin AH Jornada has been working with the photo desk since 2011 as a contributing photographer and periodically as a contract photo editor. In June, he officially took on the role of Lead Sports and Night Photo Editor. Prior to joining The Chronicle full-time, he was a staff photojournalist at the Press Democrat newspaper and part of the team awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Reporting for their coverage of the Tubbs and Nuns fires that devastated major areas of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. His photographs of him have also been recognized by the California News Publishers and National Press Photographers associations.

“During my past experiences working with The Chronicle, I frequently observed staff members, from the photographers to the editors, strive with their utmost efforts to ensure that the pieces of history they documented and published were as accurate as possible,” said Jornada. “I’m very honored to officially be a part of this team.”

Ash Adams with her children, Ellis and Elliott Adams, in Aspen, Colo.

Ash Adams with her children, Ellis and Elliott Adams, in Aspen, Colo.

Courtesy of Jackie Molloy

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