Cathaleen is an award-winning photojournalist, editor, and the current director of photography at the Buffalo News, with broad experience in online media as well as traditional print publications.
An active member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). Cathaleen is a board member for the National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF).
For over ten years she has been recording an iPhone photo a day, the inspiration for the very popular #EveryDayAPhoto feature for The Buffalo News. She has had solo photography exhibits in NYC and Buffalo as well as juried work at the Corcoran Art Gallery, Library of Congress, the Building Museum and National Geographic.
As the director of photography at the Buffalo News she advocated for and created their first ever drone team, as a photojournalist she has documented events from Super Bowls to Superpower Summits, covering three presidential administrations. In 1990 she was named, Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association. As Vice President of Global Photography at AOL, she built and managed a staff of visual content editors based in VA, NY, and Bangalore. Cathaleen most enjoys being an advocate for her staff and finding new ways to improve and showcase photography at The News.
Cathaleen was recently named the Best of Photojournalism 2021 Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year: Individual (Less than 100,000 circulation) and 2021 Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year: Team (Less than 100,000 circulation) First Place – Cathaleen Curtiss, Director of Photography, Vince Chiaramonte, Design Director, Terry Lew, Senior Designer The Buffalo News