| INVESTIGATIONS & SPECIAL PROJECTS
Taylor Mirfendereski is a Peabody Award-winning multimedia journalist at KING 5 in Seattle. She specializes in investigative reporting, longform storytelling and digital special projects.
Taylor has spent her career covering
complex issues, systemic injustices and government failures. Her investigations have uncovered many wrongs, including the mistreatment of veterans dealing with the mental stress of combat, the violation of special education laws and unjustified separations of children from their parents. Taylor also has experience following her sources over time to produce multi-platform feature projects about serious subjects like sex trafficking and recidivism. In those pieces, she documented raw details, unexpected milestones and intimate moments between the people who opened up to her.
Taylor has a track record of thinking outside of the box when executing investigations and projects. Her reporting often appears both online and on television, but you won't see the same story across platforms. Whether it's a traditional TV package, a photo essay, a multimedia narrative or a print story, Taylor is skilled at producing unique versions of her stories to reach different audiences. She combines text, video, still photos, interactive graphics and emerging tools in her reporting. She thrives inside newsrooms where innovation is embraced and encouraged.
Her work has garnered some of the country's top journalism awards, including a Peabody Award, two National Edward R. Murrow Awards, four regional Emmy Awards and a National Mark of Excellence Award. Taylor has been listed among America's best young journalists as a Livingston Award finalist twice in the last three years. In 2019, the Investigative Reporters and Editors recognized Taylor's reporting as a finalist in its awards competition. In 2020, Taylor placed in the National Press Photographers Association's Best of Photojournalism contest.
Prior to joining the KING 5 team in 2016, Taylor worked as a digital reporter at WCPO in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she exclusively produced in-depth, enterprise news stories for WCPO.com and WCPO-TV. In 2014, she embedded with U.S. military troops in Afghanistan to cover the local impact of America's longest war.
Taylor is an Iranian-American from the Midwest. She graduated from Ohio University with a bachelors degree in journalism, but she had her eyes set on a journalism career long before college. At age 11, she recorded this video professing her dream to become a reporter.
She enjoys hiking, photography, boxing and spending time with her dog in her spare time.
Taylor shoots, writes and edits video stories for television and online. Her work ranges from documentary-style pieces to shorter pieces that complement a larger project.
Taylor's investigations and projects often include stills, video, audio, graphics, and other multimedia elements, in addition to text. Her stories are always deeply reported and targeted for a digital audience.
Taylor captures the story behind a single moment with her still photography. Her photos often supplement the text in digital stories. Other times, they stand alone in photo essays on TV and online.