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Michelle Kanaar

Borderless Magazine

Associate Director, Partnerships and Visual Storytelling


Michelle Kanaar is a visual journalist who focuses on immigration, labor, and the environment. She is thoroughly committed to social justice issues and is the proud daughter of immigrants from Colombia and the Netherlands. She grew up speaking Spanish and English and studied Arabic and Middle Eastern studies for her Bachelor’s. She is the cofounder and associate director for Borderless Magazine, an immigration news magazine that publishes stories by and with immigrants. Michelle leads visual storytelling for Borderless and previously worked as a photojournalist with outlets such as The Miami Herald, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Atlantic, NPR, ProPublica, and more for over a decade.

She is also a cofounder of the Prism Photo Workshop, whose mission is to provide resources and support for young photographers of diverse backgrounds to tell the stories of underrepresented people and communities with dignity. Michelle is dedicated to the mentorship and promotion of emerging journalists and artists of color and/or from immigrant communities.


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