Contact: 406.581.1927 janieo@montana.com


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Not long after graduating from college, I left my position as a social worker in Washington, D.C. and embarked on a spontaneous cross-country road trip. Over twenty years later, I am based in Bozeman with my family, covering everything from the historic flooding of Yellowstone National Park to the population growth in Bozeman and the West to out of state travel stories about the Grand Canyon and the oil culture in North Dakota.

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For 15 years, I have worked as a freelance photojournalist for The New York Times. My work has also been published by other national titles such as The New York Times Magazine,

The Wall Street Journal, the ACLU, The Guardian, The Washington Post, NPR, NBC News,

Travel + Leisure, Getty, BBC, Associated Press, Food & Wine, and others.

To every project, I bring my respect for the people, land and politics of the West. I am moved by the challenge of making both readable and complex images. I think about all the variables -  from quality of light to layering to emotional tenor - to make photographs that communicate, through photojournalism, the story at hand.

Recent highlights include: coverage of Senator Jon Tester for The Wall Street Journal, ongoing documentation of personal projects such as the "Berkeley Pit Superfund," authorship and photography coverage for the 2022 New York Times piece, 

"The World Through a Lens," and recipient of "selected artist" in the Los Angeles Center of Photography Creative Portrait Exhibit.

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Recent feature stories:  

“Residents of Gardiner, Mont. Brace For Struggle After a Flood..." The Wall Street Journal, 2022

"The World Through a Lens," The New York Times, author + photographer, 2022

"How Cash-Strapped Schools are Benefitting From the Sun," "The New York Times, 2022

"Montana's Most In-Demand Kitchen is Run by Refugees, "The New York Times, 2022

"Big Sky is Sprawling,Luxurious and Pricey, "The New York Times, 2022

“Who can afford to live in the American West when locals can't? The Guardian, 2021

"Pandemic Crowds Bring Rivergeddon to Montana,"The New York Times, 2020

“Senator Jon Tester Walks Solid Blue Line in Solid Red Montana," The Wall Street Journal, 2021

"Senator Jon Tester Wants Democrats to Fight for Rural America," The Wall Street Journal,2020

"The World Through a Lens," The New York Times, author + photographer, 2020

“Voices From the Front Lines of America's Food Supply," The New York Times, 2021

“My Beloved College Town Has a Problem," The New York Times, 2021

“Jobless, Selling Nudes Online and Still Struggling," The New York Times, 2021

“Wildland Firefighters are Depending on GoFundMe to Survive," BuzzFeed News, 2021

"What Killed St. Joseph's Patients, Covid-19," NPR,2020

 "Steven Rinella of Netflix's MeatEater," The Wall Street Journal,2020 

"Is The Cure for Covid in the Rocky Mountains?", The New York Times, 2020

"What It's Like to Run a Rural State During a Pandemic," The New York Times, 2020

"The Future of Travel," The New York Times, 2020

"A Shortage of Steak?," The New York Times, 2020

"A Once-Powerful Mining Town Awaits Final Cleanup," The Washington Post, 2020

"52 Places to Go in 2020, Glacier National Park," The New York Times, 2020

"Let the Stream Run Through It," The New York Times, 2018

"Oksana Masters's Road from a Ukrainian Orphanage to Paralympic Stardom," NYT,2018

"In North Dakota, Boom, Bust and Oil," The New York Times, 2015

“Can Montana’s Smith River Survive a Nearby Mine?” The New York Times, 2015

"On the Trail of Nabokov in the American West," The New York Times, 2016