BEHIND THE LENS
Mikala Compton is a visual journalist originally from the suburbs of Kansas City, Kansas and is currently based in New Braunfels, Texas as the chief photographer and digital editor at The Herald-Zeitung. Mikala graduated from the photojournalism major at the University of Missouri in May 2017. She has experience in photojournalism, videography, audio and visual editing, has been published in Al Jazeera English, Religion News Service, The Texas Tribune, The Missourian, The Leaven, The Maneater, KOMU8, KBIA, Mizzou Magazine. She was a nationally recognized photographer by the Kansas Scholastic Press Association in 2010-2013 and a winner of the 2017 Yunghi Grant Competition for her project on a pagan community in Mid-Missouri.
Mikala spent 2017 as a part-time staff photographer at the Jefferson City News Tribune and a full-time photographer for Student Affairs at the University of Missouri. Her previous positions include: a videographer for Mizzou Student and Auxiliary Services, reporter at KOMU8, the NBC affiliate in Columbia; KBIA Public Radio, the NPR affiliate in Columbia; staff photographer for The Columbia Missourian in the spring of 2016; photo editor for The Columbia Missourian in the spring of 2017; and a photographer for Mizzou Creative from 2013-2017.
Mikala's passion for journalism stems from wanting to learn about humanity and what drives other people. She strives to make meaningful, storytelling images and thinks that the more we learn about each other the more we can grow to understand each other.
In her free time Mikala enjoys learning about social justice issues, participating in service trips, snuggling with her cat and yorkie, watching Netflix and creating photographs every day.