Photo Credit: Pierre Kattar

Photo Credit: Pierre Kattar


I'm Jessica Q. Chen. I’m a filmmaker and video journalist for the Los Angeles Times. Find me on Twitter and Instagram.

Past:  My work has been published in various international media outlets, including The Washington Post, the Associated Press, Al Jazeera and UNHCR. Last year, I worked as an associate producer with directors Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested for a feature documentary film on the war in Syria for National Geographic to be aired in March 2017.  In 2014, I spent a year in Jordan covering stories of women artists and entrepreneurs, the Bedouin culture and Syrian refugees in the region. Before that, I was a communications officer for Qatar Foundation International, a multimedia editor for the Crimes of War Project, an investigative fellow for a national security reporting project done with The Washington Post, an intern with ABC News, an articles editor at, and a pro audio sales associate at Guitar Center. 

2015, The Art of Editing Course Completion, The Edit Center
2014, NPPA Shoot and Edit Completion, News Video Workshop
2011, M.S., Journalism, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
2005, B.S. Biology, University of California, Irvine

What’s in my Bag:
Canon EOS Mark III and Mark II, Wireless lavaliers, Shotgun mic, Lenses: 24-105mm f/4; 70- 200mm f/2.8;100mm macro f/2.8; 35mm f/1.4; Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 7, Adobe Photoshop

Currently reading:
In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch

Drop me a line:
1 310.343.0429
jessicaqchen [at] gmail [dot] com
skype @jessicaqchen