Photo Credit: Pierre Kattar

Photo Credit: Pierre Kattar


I'm Jessica Chen. I’m a filmmaker and freelance video editor currently based in New York.  I recently spent a year in Jordan covering stories of women artists and entrepreneurs, the Bedouin culture and Syrian refugees in the region. My work has been published in various international media outlets, including The Washington Post, the Associated Press, Al Jazeera and UNHCR. Find me on Twitter and Instagram, or just drop me a line.

Currently: I am assistant editing on a feature documentary film to be aired on National Geographic next fall.

Past: A comms 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

I have reported all over the world, including Egypt, Jordan, Hong Kong, Germany, Macedonia and the Czech Republic.

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

What’s in my Bag:
Canon EOS Mark III and Mark II, Wireless lavaliers, Shotgun mics, 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