Elliot Owen is a writer, reporter, and photographer.
The breadth of her journalism explores how social tensions create environments for marginalized experiences. She is a former contributor to the Bay Area Reporter, the country’s widest-read and longest-running weekly LGBTQ newspaper.
In addition to taking general assignments at the B.A.R., Owen’s self-generated work targeted news and human interest stories that highlighted the San Francisco Bay Area’s QTPOC (queer, trans*, people of color) community. Her beats included public policy, health, education, intersectional identity, technology, and community-led art and advocacy initiatives.
Most recently, she’s focused on writing features about conservation issues, and creating web content relevant to millennials. Commanding a range of issue-expertise runs central to her work ethic.
Owen’s writing has been published by Sierra Magazine, Ui Culture, Outdoor California, Bay Area Reporter, SF Weekly, East Bay Express, New America Media, Illume Magazine, El Tecolote, and California Progress Report.
Raised in rural northern California, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2004 and earned a B.A. in international relations from San Francisco State University in 2009.
The following year, she enrolled at City College of San Francisco where she wrote, photographed and edited for Etc. Magazine. As editor-in-chief, Owen oversaw the production of an award-winning issue that secured nine top-placing honors at the 2012 Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) State Convention. She personally earned three of those awards including 1st Place: Magazine News Feature for “A Flight Attendant’s Final Call,” a profile of Betty Ong, a flight attendant aboard Flight 11, the first plane to hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
She has an affinity for all-things-wild, whether they be wild hearts or wild animals, and particularly if found in Montana or the Southwest.