Meridith Kohut is an award-winning American photojournalist based in Caracas, Venezuela, where she has worked covering Latin America for the foreign press since 2007.
A regular contributor to The New York Times, Meridith has produced in-depth photo essays about the rise and collapse of Hugo Chávez’s socialist revolution in Venezuela, the drug trade in Bolivia, Cuba's transition, gang violence in El Salvador, refugee and migration issues in Central America, labor rights and cholera outbreaks in Haiti, prostitution in Colombia, illegal gold mines and human rights abuses in Venezuela, and prison overcrowding in El Salvador, among others.
In 2016, her coverage of the collapse of Venezuela earned her and NYTimes correspondent Nicholas Casey the George Polk Journalism Award for best foreign reporting and The New York Times Publisher's award for Foreign news coverage. Her photo essay documenting psychotropic drug shortages in a state psychiatric hospital in Venezuela earned The Overseas Press Club's award for Feature Photography in 2016. She is the 2017 recipient of The Chris Hondros Fund Award.
Meridith’s photographs have been published by The New York Times, National Geographic, The United Nations, Leica, Newsweek International, TIME magazine, Bloomberg News, NPR, The Washington Post Magazine, Stern, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, The Guardian and have been exhibited at Visa pour L'Image, The Annenberg Space for Photography, The Leica Gallery Salzburg & Photoville in Brooklyn, New York.
She is a graduate of the University of Texas' School of Journalism, the 2007 Eddie Adams Workshop and the 2015 World Press Photo Masterclass in Latin America.
Meridith is available for assignments throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and the USA.