Tristen Rouse is a documentary photographer and photo editor born and raised in rural southwest Missouri. He draws on those small-town roots to photograph topics surrounding politics, religion and culture.

Tristen is a photo editor at The Columbia Missourian, a daily newspaper covering mid-Missouri, where he works with the investigations and special projects team. Prior to photo editing at The Missourian, Tristen worked as a general assignment photographer and as a photographer on the state capitol coverage team. Tristen is also the production chief for the Angus and Betty McDougall Center for Photojournalism Studies, where he co-curates and prints exhibitions for the McDougall Center Gallery.

Previously, Tristen has interned at The Washington Post photo editing on the national desk. While at The Post, he worked with the health and science team, the politics team and the Tokyo Olympics coverage team. He also wrote for The Post's photography blog, In Sight

Tristen is also a graduate student at the Missouri School of Journalism, pursuing a Master of Arts in Journalism with a focus in photojournalism and photo editing.  In 2021, he graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism with a Bachelors in Journalism, and in 2020, he studied at the Danish School of Media and Journalism, having been selected for its international photography program. 

Photo by Madi Winfield

Memberships

Awards

  • 2022: Missouri Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, Best News Photograph — Third Place
  • 2021: College Photographer of the Year, Documentary — Silver
  • 2021: College Photographer of the Year, General News — Silver
  • 2020: College Photographer of the Year, Sports Feature — Bronze
  • 2020: Hearst Photojournalism Competition — Semifinalist
  • 2020: Society of Environmental Journalists, Outstanding Student Reporting — Honorable Mention
  • 2020: Missouri Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, Best Sports Photo — First Place
  • 2020: Missouri Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, Best Sports Feature Photo — Honorable Mention
  • 2020: Missouri Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, Best Photo Package — First Place (staff award)
  • 2019: Associated Press Sports Editors Contest, Division D, Action Photo —Fifth Place
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