913-626-6881James Wooldridge is a visual storyteller currently living in Leadville, Colorado. Driven by curiosity, he is determined to push his visual storytelling in new directions while learning about the world.
Raised in Kansas City, James graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2020 with a focus on photo and video journalism. Throughout his college career, he interned at the Kansas City Star, the Palm Beach Post, Deseret News, the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Lincoln Journal Star. He contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Agence France-Presse, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Hail Varsity Magazine, ESPN and the Austin American-Statesman.
In the summer of 2020, James worked on News21's first investigative multimedia project produced entirely remotely. In college he worked on WoundsOfWhiteclay.com, winner of the 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights College Journalism award. This team project was the first college entry ever to be bestowed the Grand Prize over other categories. James placed third in Hearst Photojournalism 2019. His awards of 3rd, 7th and 10th place in Hearst Team Multimedia competitions demonstrate one of his greatest strengths: collaboration. He placed in CPOY 72 for his Feature Photo and Domestic Picture Story. He also wrote two Sunday centerpiece stories for the Lincoln Journal Star and helped the Deseret News team start using their new drone in line with FAA regulations.
In his art minor, James broadened his appreciation for photographic history and conceptual development. He worked on an essay about the legacy of westward expansion on the plains, and he tried his hand at street photography, some of which can be seen on Instagram.
James' sights are set on breaking into the world of documentary filmmaking. He spends his free time spinning music, rock climbing and chasing light.