Harika Maddala (pronouns: she/they) is a San Francisco State University graduate with a bachelor’s in Photojournalism and a minor in International Relations. Born and raised in India, Harika earned their BA in journalism from the country and transferred to SF State in 2019 to earn a four-year bachelor’s degree.

Harika wears multiple hats, and their primary roles are as an Emma Bowen Foundation Fellow and a Bay City News Photo Intern. They are also working as the Online Manager of The Happy Hour Podcast and as an Organizer/ Intern with Foothill-De Anza District's California Campus Camp, helping to organize the annual seminar, managing logistics, outreach, and social media for the event.

They have been clicking photos since age 14. They have had their photos displayed at various galleries, including at a TedX exhibition in India in 2016, at Yerba Buena Arts Gallery in June 2019, and Samy’s Camera in the Spring of 2019.

Harika enjoys shooting anything with a lot of action- dance, weddings, concerts, protests, and riots. They are currently exploring multimedia and find video and audio editing relaxing- almost like a craft of weaving things together. They joined the Xpress newspaper team in Summer 2020 and had worked as a staff photojournalist and Photo Editor for the newspaper for till December 2020.

They received a $3000 Fran Ortiz Grant to document and create a virtual space for the stories about the aftermath of police violence and their abuse of power affects the families of victims in the Bay Area. They aim to work on more projects related to queer identities, race and immigration issues, body image, and mental health in the future.

Their story on the destruction of key evidence in Sean Monterrosa's killing placed her eighth in the country for Hearst Journalism Awards in the multimedia category.

In the General News Photography category, they were a Finalist and Region 11 winner in the 2020 National Mark of Excellence Awards.

More of their published work can be found on Golden Gate Xpress, Local News Matters, and CalMatters.

You may reach out to Harika at hmaddala19@gmail.com, and they will get back to you soon.

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