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Spencer Bakalar is a video producer at TIME. After joining the team in 2016, she produced and edited "Firsts", an expansive, award-winning multimedia project featuring 46 groundbreaking women.

Prior to TIME, she was at the Los Angeles Times, where she worked on both long-form and breaking news stories, ranging from environmental injustices in East L.A., to farm labor in Mexico, to Pulitzer Prize-winning breaking news coverage. She was also a member of the Powering a Nation team that produced Emmy-nominated 100 Gallons.

Spencer graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently based in New York City.

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  • NPPA Best of Photojournalism, 1st place, "Helping Auguste Hear" 
  • NPPA Best of Photojournalism, 2nd place, "Product of Mexico"


  • PDN: 20 Emerging Artists to Watch in Film and Video

  • POYi, 1st place, Sports Multimedia Story, "The Lights Go Out at Hollywood Park"

  • POYi, 2nd place, Documentary Journalism, "A Soldier's Wife"

  • NPPA Best of Photojournalism, 1st place, Documentary Multimedia Story, "A Soldier's Wife"

  • SXSW, finalist, Interactive, "Over Water Under Fire"

  • CPOY, Gold, Large Group Multimedia Project, "Over Water Under Fire"


  • National News and Documentary Emmy Awards, finalist, "100 Gallons"

  • Peabody Awards, winner, "NBC In Plain Sight- Hunger Among Us"

  • Hearst Journalism Awards, 3rd place, "Giving Way" 

  • Webby Awards, nominee, Environmental Category, "100 Gallons"

  • CPOY, Gold, Large Group Multimedia Project, "100 Gallons"