Mengwen Cao is a photographer, videographer and multimedia producer. Born in Hangzhou, China, she came to the United States in 2012. While pursing her Masters degree in Education Technology at the University of Texas at Austin, she worked as Media Technician at Knight Center for the Americas, managing their Massive Open Online courses for journalists. She also worked as a UX designer in Consumer Reports. Meanwhile, she became a senior photographer at the Daily Texan, the award-winning school newspaper, which sparked her passion in photojournalism. Upon graduation in 2014, she worked at KUT/KUTX, Austin’s NPR affiliate as a multimedia journalist. She covered various topics from education and music, to politics and human-interest stories. Her works has been published on Mashable, Associated Press, the LA Times, the Washington Post, Dallas Morning News NPR.

She is a recent graduate from Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism and New Media Narratives program at the International Center of Photography in New York, where she is based.


2016 Visual Editor Intern, ChinaFile; New York, New York

2016 Photo Intern, Magnum Foundation; New York, New York

2014-2015 Multimedia Intern, KUT/X; Austin, Texas

2013-2014 Senior Photographer, The Daily Texan; Austin, Texas

2012-2015 Media Technician, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas; Austin, Texas


2015-2017 Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism & New Media Narratives - International Center of Photography, New York, NY, USA (ICP Director's Fellowship)

2012-2014 Master of Arts in Instructional Technology - The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA

2008-2012 Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Translation - Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China


2016 "Here We Are", Made in Ridgewood, New York, USA

2016 "Here We Are", Another Kind of Paradise, International Center of Photography, New York, USA


2016 Shift Vol 11 International Center of Photography, New York


Photography, Videography, Website Design, UX Design, Multimedia production


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