| INVESTIGATIONS & SPECIAL PROJECTS
Taylor Mirfendereski is a two-time Peabody Award-winning multimedia journalist at KING 5 in Seattle. She specializes in investigative reporting, longform storytelling and digital special projects that combine text, video, photos and graphics.
Taylor has spent her career uncovering complex issues, systemic social and racial injustices and government failures. Her investigations have uncovered many wrongs, including the violation of special education laws, the punishment of foster youth and unjustified separations of children from their parents. Her multimedia written narratives about subjects like racial identity, sex trafficking and recidivism showcase some of her greatest strengths: building a deep level of trust with sources, following them over time and capturing compelling, raw details that bring their stories to life.
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 multimedia narrative, a print story, a TV package, a digital video story or a photo essay, 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.
Taylor's work has garnered some of the country's top journalism awards, including two Peabody Awards, a Scripps Howard Award and two National Edward R. Murrow Awards. In 2022, Taylor was named a duPont-Columbia Awards finalist and an Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) finalist for her reporting on Washington state's mistreatment of hard-to-place foster youth. The National Press Photographer's Association (NPPA) twice recognized Taylor's work in its Best of Photojournalism contest, including a first place award for investigative video photojournalism in 2021. Also that year, she was named an Online Journalism Awards finalist for her multimedia reporting on George Floyd's biracial cousin. Taylor has been listed among America's best young journalists as a Livingston Award finalist two times.
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 and spending time with her two dogs 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 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.