Autumn Payne

Hello! My name is Autumn and I am a visual journalist who lives in Sacramento.


Working for The Sacramento Bee since 2005, I have dedicated myself to telling stories that matter. Using the tools of photography, videography, sound and the written word, I craft stories that spark empathy within the human heart and create the potential for positive change.

I’ve seen the power of journalism manifest in very concrete ways. Time and time again people have come forward in response to my work to help others. I’ve seen donations send an inmate to trade school and a burn victim to college. I’ve seen a struggling home for the profoundly disabled stay open because of reader donations. I’ve seen public agencies be held accountable for their actions. I’ve helped raise over $1 million for charity with The Book of Dreams project. This connection, made possible by skillful communication, is what drives and inspires me every day. Welcome to my website. Thank you for visiting.