Victoria Campbell ’21CCPS, '22GCCPS, an alumna of The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies (CCPS), served as a freelance Assistant Editor on a series for the New York Times that recently won the 2023 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting.
Ms. Campbell and her cowriters won for their coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which included an eight-month investigation into Ukrainian deaths in the town of Bucha and the Russian unit responsible for the killings. Their investigation, “Caught on Camera, Traced by Phone: The Russian Military Unit That Killed Dozens in Bucha,” was among a body of New York Times pieces that received the Pulitzer in International Reporting.
“I am indebted to the Visual Investigations team and New York Times staff for their guidance and for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this valiant effort,” Ms. Campbell said.
She graduated from St. John’s with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and then went on to earn her master’s degree in International Communication. While earning her master’s, Ms. Campbell worked on The Nick Cannon Show as an Audience Production Assistant. She currently works as a freelance Assistant Video Editor for the New York Times and a Post-Production Assistant for The $100,000 Pyramid.
“Victoria was a delightful student with a cheerful disposition. Life for her was not easy; she started her day at five a.m. to be on time for her classes traveling by bus and subway,” said Basilio Monteiro, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor, Division of Mass Communication and Director, Institute for International Communication. “Her master’s thesis, Redefining Marriage in the Digital Age, was a thorough study of how the film industry shaped the ideas of marriage, along with digital media and social platforms."
Ms. Campbell, who was born and raised in Lacey Township, NJ, worked with many charities throughout her time at St. John’s. She managed several fundraising events, including the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, and volunteered with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through the Beta Omega Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon, where she was the Vice President of Recruitment.
“The hands-on experiences St. John’s provides outside the classroom allowed me to expand my knowledge and learn in ways that a textbook can’t teach,” she said.