Sarah Cahlan

Senior Video Reporter & Documentary Filmmaker

The Washington Post

Sarah Cahlan is a senior video reporter and documentary filmmaker at The Washington Post. Cahlan is a founding member of the Visual Forensics team, which was announced in 2020, and contributed to its first stories, developing the style and tone of its video investigations. She adds clarity, creativity and vision to stories that reveal new findings and provide further context to complex events. Her projects span a gamut of formats, coverage areas and reporting techniques, and include the police clearing of Lafayette Square in 2020, which won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award; the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack, which was part of the Post’s package that won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Public service; and the hourly coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Cahlan joined the Post in 2019 as a video editor producing video fact checks and stylized animated series for “The Fact Checker”. She is a former National Association of Hispanic Journalists fellow at NBC News and has worked as an associate producer and researcher at independent documentary production companies in New York.

Participating Sessions

Visual Forensics for Investigative Filmmakers

Citizen-generated videos have become an integral piece of countless important news stories, but they represent only the first tier of open-source materials available to investigative storytellers. With a Wi-Fi connection and the right know how, a wealth of information, including emergency audio recordings, documents, CCTV footage, satellite imagery, and flight and shipping traffic, can be unlocked. Visual forensics involves not just knowing what’s available and where to find it, but...