about

Kate Medley is a photojournalist and filmmaker of food culture, based in Durham, North Carolina. As a documentarian for Whole Foods, Medley travels the East Coast capturing the stories of farms and producers growing our food. In her capacity as an instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Medley teaches a class on visual approaches to documenting place. As a filmmaker with the Southern Foodways Alliance, Medley has created several documentary film projects that explore Southern culture through stories about food. Most recently, the Counter Histories series, produced to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, documents lunch counter sit-ins across the South, and A Spoken Dish celebrates the diverse food culture across the region through a series of 85 short videos. Medley received her bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Montana and her master’s in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. She has worked as a photojournalist for newspapers across the South, including the Charlotte Observer, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, and as a lead contributor for The New York Times.