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Alanna Kopania

Alanna Kopania

Alanna Kopania

Broadcast Lecturer

Behind her lens, Alanna Kopania finds the special moments that turn an assignment into a memorable story. 

Kopania, a 2015 Merrill College alum and a Merrill adjunct lecturer since 2017, joined the college's faculty as a broadcast lecturer in 2022. She was previously a multiplatform photojournalist and editor for TEGNA’s national VERIFY team. She produced daily and long-form, data-driven content for local news stations around the country. Before that, she was a photojournalist at Baltimore’s Fox 45, where she specialized in producing daily news, under deadline, with a creative storytelling approach.

As a member of Merrill College's adjunct faculty,  she taught an intermediate news reporting class to undergraduate students.

As an instructor, her goal is to educate students on the simple knowledge that quality video, crisp natural sound and subjective soundbites will lead to a well-rounded story. Kopania credits much of her success to professional mentors and hopes to be the same guiding light for her students.

Kopania's work is nationally and locally recognized. She was the NPPA 2017 and 2018 East Top Photographer of the Year and a finalist for NPPA’s National Television News Photographer of the Year. She’s earned 12 NATAS regional Emmys and CAPBA’s 2020 Outstanding News Photographer award.

When she’s not teaching or in a deep edit, Kopania enjoys taking long road trips to Florida with her fiancé Tom and dog Macro.

B.A., University of Maryland

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