Jennifer T. Lacey is a visual journalist based in Chicago.
She started out as a production assistant on local films after graduating from Columbia College Chicago in 1996 with a Bachelors’ in Arts (focus in Film/Video), eventually moving up to 2nd 2nd assistant director on the film “Once Upon A Time in China and America”. After a brief stint working in film in Los Angeles, she heeded the call to live abroad and for almost six years lived in Japan, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong teaching ESL and learning Mandarin.
After returning to the States, she enrolled in Columbia’s Public Affairs Journalism program and received a degree in 2009. During that program, she was an Albert P. Weissman Award recipient for her 30-minute documentary, “Renaissance 2011: Orr High School”, about educational reforms in the Chicago Public School system. She has contributed articles to Austin Talks.org, Chicago Talks.org Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, and Community Media Workshop.
As a videographer and video editor, her work has required her to work closely with clients to create original strategic content which communicates key messages. Her clients have included VanderCook College, Fifield Company, Chicago Magazine, Angelic Organics Learning Center, Chicago Headline Club, and Road Safe Traffic.
As a freelance photojournalist, her clients include the Wednesday Journal, Brookfield Landmark, Forest Park Review and Oak Leaves. During 2015 baseball season, Lacey worked for Sharp Shooter as a photographer of fan culture at the Chicago Cub games.
Lacey is recognized for her proven ability to adapt and learn quickly in new environments, strong leadership skills, and work ethic.