Elliot Owen is a writer, photographer, and former reporter.
The breadth of her journalism has explored 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 journalism 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.
Her issue-expertise also extended to wildlife conservation issues, and creating web content relevant to millennials.
Owen’s writing has been published by Sierra Magazine, Outdoor California, Ui Culture, Bay Area Reporter, SF Weekly, East Bay Express, New America Media, Illume Magazine, El Tecolote, and the 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.
Writing assignments have taken her the entire length of California, to Montana, and also to North Dakota.
While she no longer works in the journalism field, Owen maintains this website for archival purposes.