Elise Coker is a documentary filmmaker, video journalist, video editor, and artist based in New York City.
Elise graduated with a B.A. in Media Studies focusing on anthropology from Pomona College in California, and studied film at Collegium Hieronymi Pragensis in Prague. She holds an FAA 107 drone license.
Elise’s work takes a character-driven and anthropological approach to documentary video journalism, with a focus on exploring insular, remote, or marginalized communities and the unique challenges they face, where ideology intersects human nature and the past converges with the future. She has created work for numerous media outlets including Vice, NBC News, Topic, The Front, Bloomberg, Teen Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, Quartz, PBS NewsHour, and Tribune Media. Her video work has won awards including the OPC of America David A. Andelman and Pamela Title Award, POYi 3rd place for Documentary Journalism, and a Webby Award for Best Series. She received a grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum via the NEH for an ongoing documentary project in the Alaskan arctic.
In addition to journalism, Elise paints landscapes, composes electronic music, and writes science fiction.