Mary Mathis

Human first, photographer second.


USA Today Multimedia Intern 

summer 2017 photo and podcast intern

  • learned to pitch stories for a specific audience
  • photographed in high stress and politically charged environments
  • gained experience editing audio on Adobe Audition and conducting interviews
  • practiced using After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Photo Mechanic.

Fools Magazine 

(currently) Founder, Editor-in-Chief, and current photo editor.

  • built a creative organization and inclusive atmosphere for students from the bottom up.
  • learned how to quickly adapt to deadlines & schedules of print
  • fundraised for a non-profit
  • problem solved and managing peers

The Daily Iowan Newspaper 

December 2015 - September 2016 assistant photo editor, photojournalist

  • First learned ethics of photojournalism
  • experienced how a newsroom is run
  • weekly meetings and critique with Danny Wilcox Frazier 

The Des Moines Register

(current) Freelance photographer

The Cedar Rapids Gazette

(current) Freelance photographer

Morocco: Round Earth Media 

Spring 2017 - Summer 2017 photographer, writer

Mary Mathis Photography 

(current) small business owner for portrait, wedding & commercial photography


  • Adobe Programs: Lightroom, Photo-mechanic, Photoshop, Premiere, Audition, After Effects
  • Arabic speaking skills (MSA, intermediate)
  • Experience in managing clients, branding, and social marketing
  • Self-starter
  • Creative
  • Efficient problem solver


USA Today

Outside Magazine

BBC: Public Radio International

The Des Moines Register

The Daily Iowan

Fools Magazine


University of Iowa 2014 - 2018

journalism and photography double major, Arabic minor. 

3.3 GPA

Awards & Workshops

  • Fulbright Commission Berlin Capital Program 2016 one of thirteen journalists accepted to an intensive journalism conference in Berlin and Hamburg, Germany focusing on media use abroad, sociocultural and political issues.
  • Iowa Newspaper Foundation 1st Place Award: Best Series 2017
  • Jess Gorkin Magazine Scholarship 2017
  • Mountain Workshops 2016
  • President's Leadership Class Fall 2015
  • Deans List University of Iowa 2016, 2017

References available upon request.

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