Photo by  Sandra Dibble

Photo by Sandra Dibble


Misael Virgen is a photographer/videographer/ and editor based in San Diego, California.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from CSU Northridge, he joined The San Diego Union-Tribune, becoming the youngest photojournalist on staff.

During his time at the newspaper, he covered many high-profile subjects including a substantive project about the fight to save the Vaquita Marina, an endangered species of porpoise endemic to the Gulf of Mexico, as well as extensive coverage on extreme drought conditions in California and Baja California.

Living and working near one of the busiest border crossings in the world, his photography has also documented many facets of immigration. His contributions to the exhibit “Sanctuary & Sustenance: The Story of Many Journeys,” which is currently touring the United States, continues to bring awareness to these and other social and political issues.

Additionally, Misael’s work has earned him numerous industry awards, including a 2016 Regional Emmy Award for editing the “75 Years Later, Keeping Pearl Harbor Memories Alive” video series.

Now 30, Misael applies his knowledge and experience to inspire the next generation of storytellers. Currently, he teaches photography and social science in the Sweetwater Union High School District, where promoting a culture of curiosity and life-long-learning has become one of his top priorities.