Nina Wegner

Co-founder, Vanishing Cultures Project

Nina is a documentarian, journalist, and co-founder of the Vanishing Cultures Project, a nonprofit organization that uses documentary journalism to empower indigenous communities globally. She is the author of two books, Mustang: Lives and Landscapes of the Lost Tibetan Kingdom, which garnered a foreword from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Mongolia's Nomads: Life on the Steppe. She is currently researching Brazil's Amazonian tribes who will be displaced by the Belo Monte Dam.

Nina received a B.A. in English with an emphasis on folklore at the University of California, Berkeley. After spending four years working as an editor and marketer for California book publishers, she returned to school in 2008 and received an M.A. in magazine, newspaper, and online journalism at Syracuse University. She covered local news in Syracuse and Tampa before moving abroad and becoming a full-time freelance journalist and editor.

Nina is based in New York where she spends half her year; the other half is spent writing and collaborating abroad with Taylor Weidman for the Vanishing Cultures Project.