While she loves the rush of a deadline and spot news, Giraldo is dedicated to working on long-form stories related to juvenile justice, mental health, education, and coming of age. While at Vice News Tonight, she co-produced and shot "World of Hurt," an ongoing series which highlights communities impacted by the opioid epidemic as well as a 25-minute special report "Committed: kids & the mental health crisis."
Her work has been exhibited internationally and recognized by various photography organizations including Getty Images, Instagram, NPPA, American Photography, The New York Times Lens Review, and the Eddie Adams Workshop where she was awarded the Education Week award. Instagram added her to a list of Emerging Photojournalists in 2015 and she was named one of 30 Under 30 Women Photographers by Photo Boite in 2016.
She graduated from Skidmore College in 2011 with a BA in International Affairs and French after which she completed the Photojournalism & Documentary Studies program at the International Center of Photography in 2012. She went on to receive a masters in investigative reporting at Columbia Journalism School where she received the Elaine Exton ('33) scholarship in advanced education reporting.
Cassandra speaks French and Spanish and can operate a Sony FS7 video kit in addition to her still cameras. She is a member of Women Photograph, the Newswomen's Club of New York and is trained in battlefield first-aid after two hostile environment training sessions for journalists. Passport, NYPD press credentials and camera ready, Cassandra is available for assignments worldwide. Track her whereabouts in and outside assignment on Twitter, Instagram or Blink.