Eileen Blass is a visual storyteller, who blends photographs and video with a unique empathetic style. She not only provides context, meaning and knowledge, but also brings a deeper understanding of her subjects to her audience.
An accomplished photojournalist and videographer, she spent 26 years refining her craft as a staffer for USA TODAY, covering the world from the corporate suites of New York City to the streets of Soviet Georgia, from the Olympics in Beijing to the Iditarod in Alaska, from the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
She’s chronicled the rich and powerful, from A-list celebrities to presidential candidates, from corporate CEOs to mega-star athletes.
Eileen has documented major events from the aftermath of 9/11 to the Sandy Hook shootings, from Democratic and Republican National Conventions to Presidential Inaugurations, from the Royal Wedding to the Country Music Awards.
She’s covered sporting events on four continents, including 8 Olympics, 2 World Cup Soccer tournaments, multiple NCAA Final Fours, numerous World Series and Super Bowls, U.S. Open Tennis Championships and the four major golf tournaments — The Masters, The British Open, The U.S Open and the PGA Championship.
And she’s told the tales of just everyday folks, from the victims of Hurricane Katrina and super storm Sandy to the community gardeners of inner-city Philly, from storm chasers in the Midwest to a drought-stricken farmer in Illinois.
Eileen regularly travels the Northeast Corridor from Washington, D.C. to New York City.
In her spare time, she raises and trains Bernese Mountain Dogs, including Ziva, who is a grand champion show dog and holds a slew of obedience titles. She also runs BernerWise, a blog for the Bernese Mountain Dog community.