About Krista

Brightly Studios is the passion of Krista Joy Niles. With 25+ years of experience in media and communications, Krista specializes in working with non-profit organizations, small art and history museums, and individual artists to refine their message to attract new audiences while deepening connections with established networks.

Krista earned a B.A. in journalism from San Francisco State University and a Master of Arts degree in art and photo history at the University of Arizona where she also earned a certificate in Museum Studies. She was the Ansel Adams Intern at the Center for Creative Photography – one of the leading photo archives in the world ­– in 2013-2014, and again in 2014-2015. Her master's thesis investigated the intersection of photography, museums, feminism, and postmodernism through the study of New York-based photo artist Louise Lawler.

Krista has worked for the New York Times, the Associated Press, the Lincoln Journal-Star, the San Antonio Express-News and many media organizations. In 2002, Krista won the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News for her contributions to The New York Times’ coverage of September 11, 2001. She left daily journalism in 2006 to teach photography and journalism at VOICES, Inc., a Tucson-based non-profit that mentored youth in the documentary arts to share the stories of their lives through visuals and text. Together, they published hundreds of youth-created stories in newsprint, radio, and video.

She lives in Philadelphia with her husband Mike and their old-lady dog Gertie.