About Melissa Bunni


Melissa Bunni Elian (b. 1987) is a multimedia journalist based in Yonkers, NY. Since graduating from SUNY Albany in 2010 her work has been published in Glamour.com, ESPN.com, New York Times, NYT Magazine and NY Daily News. She has created content for the United Nations and companies like Google. Her personal work focuses on stories from the African Diaspora, social justice and issues of structural inequality. Bunni, as she is known, is a founding member of the Bronx Photo League whose first book, The Jerome Avenue Workers Project, was named one of the top 50 photography books by American Photo Magazine. Elian currently studies at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York City where she is exploring multiple branches of storytelling. Her master's project explores centuries of city planning and investigates its role in the creation and maintenance of inequality, using her hometown as a microcosm for the US and beyond. In December she was awarded a grant from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis reporting on a reporting trip to South Africa to document the evolution and spread of Afropunk from a music festival into a social and political movement of acceptance, self-love and resistance across the African Diaspora. 

Age 32
Nationality American
Based in Yonkers, United States
Languages spoken English

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Current Location: Yonkers, United States