Carrie Cochran is a Pulitzer Prize-winning filmmaker and journalist for the Scripps Washington Bureau's investigative team, where she has worked since April 2018. Before coming to D.C., she worked for her hometown paper, The Cincinnati Enquirer, for 13 years, where she was a photographer, reporter and videojournalist.
In June 2020, she was awarded the grand prize in the Robert F. Kennedy Human RIghts' Journalism Awards for her role in the documentary, "A Broken Trust." She was the one of the lead reporters and producers, as well as the director of photography and editor, in the 48-minute film. The investigation examined how centuries of inequities, legal loopholes, and a profound ignorance of tribal issues by many in power in the federal government, have not only left Native American women vulnerable to sexual assault, but also made it difficult, if not dangerous, to report their perpetrators.
In 2018, Cochran won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for her contributions to "Seven Days of Heroin." She was the lead producer, lead editor and a cinematographer for the 30-minute documentary that was part of the winning entry, and was also the reporter and photographer for several of the written vignettes. The documentary also won a National Murrow Award.
She and her two colleagues were the first to share the story of Jim Obergefell and John Arthur. Obergefell later became the lead plaintiff in the landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized gay marriage. She has also covered Hurricane Katrina, immigration in Mexico, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Cochran extensively covered the aftermath of the police killing of Sam DuBose in 2015, including two murder trials of officer Ray Tensing.
Cochran was named among the top photojournalism multimedia producers internationally as her portfolio of video work was recognized in the National Press Photographers Association's annual contest in 2016. Since 2013, she received twelve Emmys for her video work from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), which serves four states. Cochran was honored for her still photography as 2016's Ohio Photographer for the year (large market), by the Ohio News Photographers Association.
She has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times and USA Today and aired on PBS News Hour. Along with visuals, she has also been honored for her reporting. She won three writing awards in 2016 in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Ohio's annual contest, and an Ohio SPJ award for Best Use of Public Records in 2010. In 2016, her work was also recognized as being the best video journalism in Gannett, Inc., which owned 109 properties at the time.
Cochran was an adjunct professor in the University of Cincinnati's journalism program for two semesters, until she moved to D.C.. In 2016, she was asked to join the board of Associated Press Photo Managers, representing the multimedia discipline. She served a two-year term on the Board of Governors of NATAS Ohio Valley (2014-2016), which covers parts of Ohio, parts of Indiana, all of West Virginia, and all of Kentucky. She also served on the Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival local programming board.
In 2017, Cochran became an FAA-licensed unmanned aircraft pilot, and was selected to be part of Gannett's beta drone photography program.
The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes: The everyday horror of heroin overdoses; NPPA's News Photographer (May, 2018)
Behind Enquirer's heroin epic: "We wanted a normal week; It was terrible enough;" Columbia Journalism Review (September, 2017)
Enquirer journalists earn four regional Emmy awards (August, 2017)
Cochran brings home three more regional Emmys (August, 2016)
Cochran wins two Emmys (July 26, 2015)
Cochran's video of Obergefell & Arthur on tarmac part of New York Times' mini-documentary (starting at minute 3:24), 'How a Love Story Triumphed in Court' (July 26, 2015)
Cochran wins statewide honors for videos (April 18, 2015)